On 15 July, the court ordered removal indecent and objectionable video contents from different web-based OTT platforms within seven days. The court also issued directives for a report to be submitted within a month regarding revenue to be collected from OTT platforms.
In accordance to the court orders, BTRC and the police submitted the reports on Monday.
According to the BTRC report, international OTT platforms do not have BTRC license and the regulator collected no revenue from them. BTRC has no legal jurisdiction over the international OTT platforms.
The police report said many foreign OTT platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Hotstar, Ullu, Addatimes and Hoichoi operate in Bangladesh. Besides, hundreds of local OTT platforms are in operation too. These platforms contain many contents, including indecent dialogue, photos and videos that are contradictory to the social perspective of our country.
Recommendations made in police report said there was no competent authority to even review relevance of cable channels programmes in with socio-economic perspectives, besides the OTT platforms. It recommended a body to be formed so effective measures can be taken.
The report said that police’s cyber monitoring team keeps a regular watch on the OTT platforms in addition to monitoring social media and online media.
The Cyber Police Centre detected different false, fabricated, anti-state contents in different online platforms including Facebook and YouTube in the last three months and took measure to remove 522 contents.