South Africa set to regulate YouTube and Netflix

South Africa set to regulate YouTube and Netflix

South Africa’s communications minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, has confirmed that the government is close to revealing new regulations dealing with the country’s shift away from television to online streaming services, BusinessTech reported. Dlodlo said that she would be presenting a draft white paper on the Audio-Visual and Digital Content Policy to parliament shortly, before publishing it for public comment.

Dlodlo says the current draft white paper revises the Broadcasting Act 1999 to respond to the new challenges, the overall broadcasting paradigm that is changing and constitutes a decisive step by government to reflect and respond to the changes brought about by convergence over broadband networks. The white paper will update the broadcasting policy according to the minister.

This will help promote South African content and create a fairer environment for traditional broadcasters, video-on-demand providers and video-sharing platforms, promotion of diversity of voices in the media, nation building and new proposition to protect children, minors etc. The last one would be to limit availability and ability to tackle on/off line harmful and other illegal content in a better way.

Dlodlo said she will continue to pressurize the Film and Publications Board (FPB) to protect consumers hazardous online content. She said the role of the FPB has previously been distinct as distribution of content that fell within the jurisdiction of FPB was easily identifiable. This will include extending the current rating system and content regulatory regime to online content-providing services like Netflix, and other streaming services.