Case filed against Whatsapp, Twitter, Tik-Tok for promoting anti-national material

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Feb 2020 5:06pm

Case filed against Whatsapp, Twitter, Tik-Tok for promoting anti-national material

The Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police booked Twitter, WhatsApp and TikTok's India-based heads on a complaint alleging that they allowed people to upload and post messages and videos against "nation and religion."

Following the Telangana High Court instructions to register the case, the case was filed on the basis of a petition by a journalist S Srishailam

In his complaint Srisailam accuses the Indian divisions of these three social media firms of intentionally distributing "objectionable video and word content" across their websites, causing personal benefits to "destroy the integration of the nation and community peace." Furthermore, the lawsuit alleged that these corporations had a "secret agenda" and allowed people to create groups and web pages in vernacular languages to distribute the content.

“Some of the anti-social elements under the guise of freedom of expression, started a social media campaign against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, merging the same with proposed National Registry of Citizens (NRC) across the country,” it mentioned. 

The plaintiff argues that these anti-social elements distribute the content without checking the content, and continues to accuse these corporations of   “waging war against India through propaganda to create disharmony, feelings of enmity, hearted and ill will among Indian citizens”.

The complainant mentioned 26 such Whatsapp groups, accusing WhatsApp of enabling groups that are against CAA to prosper on their site.

Silveri, a journalist, stated that Twitter did not take action in India against those accounts which spread dubious content against religion and India, and that TikTok allowed users to register protests against the CAA, “videos of protests overlapped with antinationalism videos, dialogue and abused and offensive words against Indian national leaders where lakhs of people viewing liking and commenting about derogatory videos” 

Agencies quoted police to say notices would be sent to respondents requesting input from them.

Tagged: Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police   Twitter   WhatsApp   TikTok   Telangana High Court   NRC   CAA  
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