Disney-owned streaming video service Hotstar got here beneath fireplace from the favored host of the eponymous late-night present “Final Week Tonight with John Oliver” final evening, for censoring supposedly controversial content material from this system in India.
Whereas Hotstar didn’t air Oliver’s critical episode on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it made edits to few different episodes containing references to medicine and intercourse which may replicate ‘poorly’ on Disney. In an episode aired final evening, he identified no less than two situations of censorship.
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It’s notable that the streaming service is a part of the Digital Content material Criticism Council (DCCC), a self-censorship code not too long ago launched by the Web & Cellular Affiliation of India, a non-profit business physique that seeks to self-censor content material on such platforms. Alongside the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar is hoping to sort out censorship requests earlier than they develop into main points amongst their audiences.
Notably, Netflix and Amazon Prime movies are usually not a part of the DCCC but.
A clause within the code prohibits the signatories from internet hosting the content material which “promotes and encourages disrespect to the sovereignty and integrity of India.”
As of penning this story, Hostar hasn’t uploaded the newest episode criticizing the service itself. We’ve reached out to Disney and Hotstar for a remark and we’ll replace the story if we hear again.
Disney is reportedly set to launch its streaming service Disney+ later this month in India. We’ll have to attend and see if it applies an identical censorship code on this service too. Brace your self for all-too-obvious edits and pixelation.