The news media India Today TV filed an RTI (Right to Information ) application with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) because the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is the statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of I&B which is tasked with "regulating the public exhibition of films.
The MIB, in response to the RTI, said, "So far as this Ministry is concerned, the content on online platforms are not being regulated at present. However your application is being transferred under Section 6 (3) of the Act to CPIO, Ministry of Electronics and IT, New Delhi to provide information pertaining to them"
Also, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, responded to the queries. The first question was if the government of India is censoring or regulating content on streaming video platforms like Amazon or Netflix? The Ministry replied, "Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) does not censor or regulate content".
The second question was if the Ministry is planning to regulate the contents of such platforms? The response of the MeitY was "Intermediaries as defined in IT Act 2000 have to follow due diligence as prescribed in Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011"
So, while the IT act expects platforms like Netflix or Amazon to follow 'due diligence' in their content there is no one to check if these self-regulative mechanisms are working or not.
Our next question was if there is any department to monitor streaming video platforms. The answer was stunning. It said, "MeitY has no such details".
India Today also asked if the Government has been receiving complaints from the people about the vulgar content on streaming video platforms. The response was, "No information is available with Cyber Law and Cyber Security Group of this Ministry".