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18 OTT Platforms Blocked for Publishing Vulgar Content

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has blocked 18 OTT platforms for publishing obscene and vulgar content.

Apart from blocking such platforms, the Ministry has disabled 19 websites, 10 apps and 57 social media accounts associated with the platforms, used to draw viewership.

Noticing that platforms were circumventing their responsibility by passing off such content as “creative expression”, multiple warnings were issued. Ultimately, the platforms were blocked as announced by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur on Tuesday.

The content hosted on these platforms is said to be in violation of provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986. Notably, Section 67 of the IT Act, 2000, envisages punishment in the form of imprisonment of up to three years along with a fine of up to Rs. 5 lakh for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. When it comes to the publication of material with sexually explicit acts in electronic form, imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to Re.10 lakh would be imposed. The same is as per Section 67A of the IT Act. In case of subsequent convictions, a more severe punishment applies.

 

Date: March 15, 2024