On Thursday, September 3, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) told a Senate hearing that the content of video-on-demand platform Netflix must be "regulated." Naturally, people were quick to air out their sentiments regarding the issue, including ex-MTRCB chairman Sen. Grace Poe, who said it is "counterproductive and ridiculous" and that she is "personally against it."
Well, it looks like the MTRCB is set on pushing through with the their plan to regulate Netflix and its content despite the backlash. "Not because it’s impractical we're not going to pursue what is written in the law. Slowly, we have to do something about it, and that’s what we’ve been working on for almost a year now,” Rachel Arenas, current MTRCB chairman, said on "The Chiefs" on One News. According to lawyers and media law practitioners, the MTRCB's authority cannot be extended to streaming platforms on the Internet.
In case you didn't know, Netflix already lets its users regulate the content they consume through the streaming platform:
All Netflix accounts come with a Kids profile where all content is kid-friendly. You won't have to worry about children opening an adult's profile because you can lock each one with a unique four-digit pin. Apart from that, you also have access to complete viewing history of every profile.
Do you think it's necessary for the MTRCB to regulate online streaming platforms?