On November 9, 2020, President of India signed into law a new amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961 which comes into immediate effect. The amendment comes into the compass of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Govt. of India) with the following things:-
- Digital / Online Media
- Films and Audio-Visual programmes created accessible by on-line content providers.
- News and current affairs content on online platforms.
As of now, digital media platforms were under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and other media like print, television and radio were under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. At present, there isn’t any government body that regulated the content of digital media platforms.
The notification says that OCCPs like digital news portals and video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar will now come under the jurisdiction of I&B ministry. It also clarifies that user-generated content like what’s streamed on YouTube or Facebook will continue to remain under the Ministry of IT. A fortnight ago, I&B Minister said in an interview “I have called them (streaming services) twice to speak about a credible self-regulation method, but they have not come up with a proposal”.