The Madras supreme court on Wednesday asked the central and therefore the state governments to reply within a month to a plea seeking a censor board for regulating adult content within the social media and OTT platforms.
A bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha, admitting a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by advocate K Suthan, issued notices to the governments.
The petitioner sought the court to also temporarily stop social media sites like YouTube, Facebook Instagram and OTT platforms like Netflix, MX Player, Voot and Zee5 from uploading or telecasting any videos.
A registered account alone was enough to start out a channel, which provides a platform to upload videos in social media like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram with none restriction or censor, he said.
Further, the petitioner said there have been several adult content videos within the social media which could have an adverse effect on the minds of faculty and college students.
Hence the PIL, he said, adding the contents released in over-the-top (OTT) platforms, that are digitally streamed, got to be censored.