Anurag Thakur spoke in Hindi and his brief message has been translated into English. Thakur said, “Indecent language in the name of creativity will not be tolerated. The government is serious about the complaints of increasing abusive and obscene content on OTT platforms. If there is a need to make any changes in the rules in this regard, the ministry is ready to consider them. These platforms were given the freedom of creativity, not obscenity. And when someone goes beyond a limit, then in the name of creativity, abusing and misbehavior cannot be accepted at all. Whatever necessary action needs to be taken on this, the government will not back down.”
Street abuses in the name of creativity, powerlessness cannot be unaffected.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1679230581000
Explaining the current system of censorship, Thakur said, “The process till now is that the producer has to address the complaints received at the first level. 90 to 92 percent of complaints are resolved by them by making necessary changes. The next level of complaint resolution is at their support level, where most of the complaints are resolved. At the last level, it comes to the government level, where action is taken at the departmental committee level as per the rules. But somewhere in the last few days complaints have started increasing and the department is taking it very seriously. If there is a need for change, we are ready to consider it.”
Last year, the Supreme Court of India rejected a petition seeking a new system of OTT censorship. A bench comprising Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi was hearing a plea filed by Mirzapur resident Sujit Kumar Singh reportedly seeking to set up a preview committee that would go through all types of OTT content before release. The court said that such a process is not possible.