Apple TV+ doesn't appear to be censoring content in India anymore; a review of content that was released in the last couple of months shows that the company is no longer making the cautious edits to its content that it debuted in India with — arbitrary muting of swear words, cutting of gore even in content rated for adults, and other such cuts. The company has complied with at least one requirement of the Information Technology (Intermediary Liability and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 — standardised age ratings — but has (thankfully) not doubled down on censorship. Titles like the second seasons of See and Truth Be Told, the series Mr. Corman, and the film Coda, are all rated for adults but don't seem to be censored in India. Apple has also appointed a grievance officer for Apple TV+ under the IT Rules — Priyesh Poovanna, Country Counsel at Apple India, is the grievance officer for both Apple TV+ as well as for the App Store. This appointment has not been reported previously; word of it is buried deep in Apple's digital services terms and conditions page. However, with Poovanna's appointment, it appears that Apple is relying on its newfound legal certainty to ease up on censorship. This is in contrast with Amazon Prime Video, which censored even Sarpatta Parambarai, the Pa. Ranjith film released exclusively on the platform. Apple declined to comment on the matter. Even as streaming services censor content to avoid angering Indian audiences — such as…
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Apple TV+ no longer censoring its content is a refreshing break from what other streaming services are doing in India.
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