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India's broadcasting ministry to regulate streaming services, online content

FILE PHOTO: Commuters watch videos on their mobile phones as they travel in a suburban train in Mumbai, India, April 2, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s federal government will regulate content on video streaming platforms including global services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Walt Disney’s Hotstar as part of new rules announced earlier this week.

Until now, content on video streaming platforms was not regulated by India’s ministry of information and broadcasting. Earlier this year, more than a dozen local and global streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hotstar, had signed a code for self-regulation.

The change was announced in a brief government circular on Tuesday, which did not provide further details.

News and current affairs content on online media such as Facebook and Twitter will also come under the new regulatory regime, the government circular said. Online news was not previously regulated.

Netflix declined to comment. Amazon, Hotstar, Twitter and Facebook did not immediately respond for a request for comment. (This story refiles to fix typo in headline)

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal. Editing by Jane Merriman