NFVCB vows to sanction streaming services violating digital content law

NFVCB vows to sanction streaming services violating digital content law

NFVCB vows to sanction streaming services violating digital content law

Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, , said this at the closing of the third edition of the NFVCB's Digital Content Regulation Conference in Lagos. The three-day conference was tagged: NFVCB-NETFLIX Safe Screen and Digital Entertainment Space Forum.

Thomas said that the Nigerian creative industry covered online OTT and streamers, and that the board was working closely with security agencies to ensure that violators face the law.

He noted that though the board was challenged in the area of monitoring the huge content pushed out by online platforms, it was working on expanding its capacity for effective monitoring.

The NFVCB boss commended popular OTT streaming service, NETFLIX, on its compliance with the digital content law and collaboration with the board.

NETFLIX is the best in compliance with the digital content law because they will not accept any unclassified film by NFVCB from any film maker.

According to him, the board is determined to protect the Nigeria cultural value system by ensuring that films and videos distributed in Nigeria meet the required ethical standards. He said that NFVCB organised the conference to bring together stakeholders in the creative industry to brainstorm on how provide safe digital content for children.

He said the conference was part of efforts to broaden initiatives for responsible digital parenting and enable age-appropriate online experiences for children and younger people on digital entertainment platforms.

She explained that the streaming service had built trust by providing responsible self-regulation under the guidance of the board. According to her, while the OTT is a safe destination, it does not market its to children under age 18, except with the consent of their parents.

The NETFLIX official said that the streaming service gave parents control on its platform to monitor and ensure that their children are not exposed to unsafe contents. Buthelezi-Ngcobo stated that the focus of NETFLIX was on three Cs, namely: Content, Context and Control.

According to her ,the platform does not allow chartroom on its platform, but only professionally-created contents.

Speaking, Bukola Agbaminoja, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censor Board, said that the board had the power to close down any cinema and exhibition centre aiding the exposure of children to inappropriate and unclassified contents.

Agbaminoja stated that the board had not achieved total regulation of the OTT streaming platform because of the voluminous contents in space.

“It is an offence to lead a child astray in whatever way and there is a stiffer penalty for violators of this law”, she stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 2000 participants ,including security agents, film makers , online content providers, policy makers, teachers and parents, attended the conference.

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