The BJP MP's remarks follow a recent pattern of complaints being raised against streaming services in view of the IT Rules being instituted by the government. Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from the Farrukhabad constituency Mukesh Rajput raised the issue of obscene content on streaming platforms on Wednesday. Rajput, a BJP MP, demanded that ALT Balaji, Ullu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video's "hedonistic, adultery-promoting" content should be stopped. Rajput continued speaking after his prepared remarks and invoked school students getting distracted from their studies, but was cut off by Bhartruhari Mahtab, deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha. Re: Need to prohibit web series on internet depicting objectionable content. Shri Mukesh Rajput (Farrukhabad): Sir, with cinema hall closures during this corona period, web series on the internet have made a splash (धमाल मचाए हुए हैं), which is having a bad influence on society. Instead of showing good programs, they are streaming hedonistic, adultery-promoting content that hurts Indian culture and cannot be watched with the family. ALT Balaji, Ullu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video are making promiscuous, profane web series, please strive to put an end to this. — Lok Sabha verbatim transcript, translated from Hindi Why this matters: A BJP Member of Parliament complaining in Parliament — as opposed to asking a question — about content on streaming platforms is significant. The BJP-led government has already instituted the Information Technology (Intermediary Liability and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, which require streaming services to accept complaints on content, put clear labels…
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