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'Promoting rape culture': Perfume ad sparks outrage; Govt asks Twitter, YouTube to pull down videos

In letters to Twitter and YouTube, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the videos were "detrimental to the portrayal of women in the interest of decency and morality" and in violation of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code).

PTI Reported by: PTI New Delhi Updated on: June 04, 2022 22:08 IST
The videos of the perfume brand sparked outrage among a
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The videos of the perfume brand sparked outrage among a large section of social media users, who claimed the advertisement sought to promote sexual violence against women.

 

Highlights

  • An advertisment by a perfume company triggered outrage on social media for 'promoting rape culture'
  • I&B Ministry asked Twitter, YouTube to remove from their social media platforms the ad videos
  • DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal sought an FIR and strict action against the company for the ad

An advertisment by a perfume company triggered an outrage on social media for 'promoting gang rape culture'. Following the outrage, the  I&B Ministry on Saturday asked Twitter and YouTube to remove from their social media platforms the videos of advertisement. 

In letters to Twitter and YouTube, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the videos were "detrimental to the portrayal of women in the interest of decency and morality" and in violation of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code).

The videos of the perfume brand sparked outrage among a large section of social media users, who claimed the advertisement sought to promote sexual violence against women.

"It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting that an inappropriate and derogatory advertisement of a deodorant is circulating on social media. The Ministry has asked Twitter and YouTube to immediately pull down all instances of this advertisement," an official spokesperson said.

The ministry, in the letters to Twitter and YouTube, said that the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) too has found the videos in violation of its guidelines and asked the advertiser to suspend the advertisement on an immediate basis. 

"Fuming at cringe-worthy ads of the perfume. They show toxic masculinity in its worst form and clearly promote gang rape culture!The company owners must be held accountable. Have issued notice to Delhi Police and written letter to I&B Minister seeking FIR and strong action," Swati Maliwal, Chairperson on the Delhi Commission for Women said.

"The ad is in serious breach of the ASCI Code and is against public interest. We have taken immediate action and notified the advertiser to suspend the ad, pending investigation," the ASCI said on Twitter, responding to the outrage sparked by the advertisement.

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