As a government source informed Reuter, India is considering censorship on particular streaming networks like Prime Video of Amazon and Netflix.

India's public content has already been under strict censorship by TV and film certification bodies, but the laws of this country haven’t carried out censorship for online content.

A government official with knowledge of the discussions mentioned that recently, there had been a number of court cases as well as complaints about inappropriate online content. To be more specific, reports were saying that some online content was considered offensive and insulting to certain religions. This has surely raised the government’s concern.

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There will soon be censorship regulations for India's online platforms

In January, Netflix and Hotstar had decided to sign a self-regulation code in regards to concerns of possible censorship in India. Amazon, however, decided not to sign it. The company even stated that the present laws were more than adequate.

As for government officials to say, since not every platform is signing the self-regulation code, this might raise concern among people. The government has also mentioned that they were working on how to solve these itching problems.

Last year,  “Sacred Games” – the first Indian original series from Netflix – had to face a court challenge, for the series had certain scenes that are offensive and particular derogatory comments regarding a former prime minister of India. However, this case somehow got dismissed later.

More to say, an Indian politician also filed a complaint to the police, claiming that some of Netflix shows were trying to defame Hindus. Regarding this situation, the spokesman of Mumbai police hasn’t given out any comments, and it is unknown if this case will go any further.

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The "Sacred Games" might as well be facing censorship

All of those aforementioned information has raised awareness within the government itself, and this has led to prompted discussions between the IT and Information & Broadcasting ministries of India. They are working on an appropriate regulatory framework that could be applied to particular content providers.

As for what the government source has to say, certain regulations may be dismissed by the government, but many alternative options are under consideration.

One of those options might be a self-regulation code that has nothing to do with the government, a code monitored by the government or it could be measures that demand online platforms to go through content approval before any of those can go online.

None of the ministries gives out responses or comments.

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Amazon did not sign the self-regulation code

Moreover, it is concerned that there are great differences in how different content is shown on certain social mediums. For instance, in Bollywood movies on Netflix and Amazon, there are smoking scenes with no mandatory anti-tobacco warnings.

As technology policy analyst Prasanto Roy has to say, if new regulations are applied, they would require a content purge on a wide scale, which will certainly be time-consuming and expensive.

In India, the use of smartphones and mobile data has dramatically increased, and this definitely raises demands for Netflix and Amazon, which is why they’re working on producing a large amount of original content in this country.

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Netflix is finding its way to other markets

Last year, Netflix stated that its upcoming 100 million subscribers could come from India. However, up until recently, Netflix decided to carry out a 199 rupees ($2.80) mobile-only plan specified for Indian only. This is not even half the cost for the company’s cheapest plan (which is 499 rupees).

Earlier on Thursday, Netflix claimed that they were satisfied with their India mobile plan and that they were trying to expand to other markets as well.