Supreme court issues notice on petition regarding proper mechanism to check content on Social Networking sites

In a petition seeking a mechanism for monitoring Twitter posts and ads that are seditious, abusive, triggering, and promoting violence among the people in India, the Supreme Court today issued a notice.A three-judge bench comprising CJI S.A. Bobde, and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian has asked for a reply from center regarding this matter.

The petition notes that “in the lack of any legislation to deal with derogatory and hate messages, sites such as Twitter willingly promote messages that are against the laws of the country and, therefore, Twitter Communications India Pvt Ltd needs to clarify that why they are transmitting and promoting the prohibited content through their platform.”

The petitioner further emphasized that more than 330 million active users are currently using Twitter accounts and now, it has become the primary cause of so many conflicts in societies that lead to chaos, abuse, disharmony in the country and threatens the sovereignty and dignity by promoting the fake posts or anti-India content either through sponsored or endorsed commercials and fake handles.

The petitioner has also gave examples about the use of Twitter and other social networking sites by Major Terrorist Groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Indian Mujahidin to spread inflammatory remarks because it helps them escape detection.

The petitioner has therefore proposed that sites such as Twitter should be told to change policies and avoid anti-Indian propaganda, and to make social media secure and transparent, and identifiable, the KYC of all social media accounts in India should be performed.

Furthermore, the petitioner sought directions for the Indian government to enact legislation under which an action may be instituted against such platforms which, under the garb of Article 19 of the Constitution of India, spread hate between people in India and punish them and their competent authorities in accordance with the law of the land.

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