CHENNAI: While YouTube videos and Facebook posts are heating up political, ideological and religious debates in Tamil Nadu, a lawyer has moved the Madras high court seeking a direction to the Centre to come up with a censor board for blue-pencilling videos uploaded on social media and OTT platforms.
Advocate K Suthan wanted the court to pass an interim order restraining social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and OTT platforms like Netflix, MX Player, Voot and Zee5 from uploading or telecasting videos, including short films and web series, till formation such a censor board.
According to the petitioner, there is an enormous increase in the number YouTube channels. Billions of videos are being watched on YouTube every day.
“A registered account is sufficient to start a channel, which provides a platform to upload videos in social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram without any restriction or censor,” Suthan said.
There are several adult contents which are being uploaded day by day without any regulations. Such contents will definitely fade away the future of school and college students, who are now attending the classes regularly online.
While mainstream films which are produced with huge investments are mandatorily put through censorship, social media videos are free of any such restriction, according to him.
Besides social media videos, contents released on OTT platforms like short films and web series also need to be censored, the petitioner argued.
“Social media organisations might remove such explicit contents based on complaints or based on orders of law enforcing authorities. But such action does not give any relief as already millions of people would have watched the contents,” the lawyer said.
While social media has become an integral part of daily life, regulating the same becomes the need of the hour, he added.

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