The Chennai city police Monday arrested three members of a Tamil YouTube channel ‘Chennai Talks’ for uploading a video of profanity content.
A resident of Besant Nagar filed a complaint Monday evening demanding strict against the people responsible for the interview of a woman who spoke indecently in public.
In a 10 minute 36 seconds video titled ‘How 2020 went| Girls Open Speech’, the anchor was seen asking women at the Besant Nagar Beach questions about how they spent the last year amid lockdown rules. One of the remarks has landed the channel in trouble.
The channel anchor Azeen Batcha, cameraman Ajay Babu and channel owner Dinesh Kumar were arrested by the police under section 294 b, 354 b, 509, 506 part 1 of the IPC and part four of the women harassment act. The Saidapet court Tuesday remanded the accused to 15 days judicial custody. They are currently lodged in Chengalpet prison.
As per reports, few people had raised objections during the channel’s previous recordings. However, the crew continued to record videos and upload them on their channel.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Karthikeyan, a renowned cyber law expert says most of the Youtube channels are not following any ethics and upload the content with the sole intention to make their video viral.
“If you read the terms and the condition while creating an account on YouTube, it says that any kind of obscenity or sexually explicit content is not allowed. In spite of that, YouTube channels like ‘Chennai Talks’ has been uploading these contents. We culturally differ from western countries. YouTube is an American company, the obscenity that they cite is different from what we refer to here. A girl wearing a bikini and waking on the streets is very normal in the US, but that it is not acceptable in India. People here see that as obscene but that’s not the case in western countries. This is the reason why YouTube is unable to remove such videos in India by itself,” he said.
Karthikeyan further added that most of the videos on such channels are cooked up content however, the performers don’t realise that they are the victims. “If you could recognise the slang of both the performer and the anchor, it will be the same. They are from the neighbouring vicinity. However, the pathetic situation is that even the performers don’t know they are the victims. The girls might feel happy about featuring on a YouTube channel but they are victims actually.”
The cyber law expert stated that there are hundreds of channels that are uploading obscene content to fetch more views and the government needs to set up a regulatory body for YouTube soon. “The laws should be made like to start a channel on YouTube one should get clearance from the team of experts and Cyber Patrolling should be present. The government should constitute a body to regularly monitor such content. We don’t require huge manpower, with the use of Artificial Intelligence, we need to create an algorithm to keep an eye on that 24×7. We need to curb this immediately or else it will spoil our next generation as well,” Karthikeyan added.
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