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Netflix denies reports of agreeing to 'self-censor' content in India

The digital platform responded to reports suggesting it was part of an official meeting with the ministry of information and broadcasting to censor objectionable content in the future.

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Popular streaming service Netflix on Thursday (15 November) denied reports of any self-censorship on their upcoming content for India. The denial came after reports in, quoted ministry sources suggesting a meeting between Netflix officials and members of the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) over self-regulation. 

The report, quoted a ministry official saying, "Yes, there was discussion of self-regulation and Netflix and Hotstar agreed that they should regulate their content." 

However, the same report also states that 'the information quoted is inaccurate and entirely false. Netflix was never in this meeting.' 

The I&B ministry, when headed by Smriti Irani, had put up the idea for regulating content on the internet. 

In September 2018, The Economic Times, a daily, had stated that Netflix, Amazon, HotStar were among the digital platforms exploring options for 'self-regulation of content' 

Netflix has recently announced a slate of eight original films, as well as a number of series specifically targeting its Indian audience. Among them is the second season of the hugely popular series Sacred Games. 

The first season of Sacred Games featured several scenes of violence and nudity. Another series, Ghoul, by Netflix, focussed on a dystopian state facing the carnage of communal violence. 

In March, I&B ministry had announced its intention to set up a committee to monitor content on the internet.

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