Delhi HC seeks Response over Objectionable Post from Instagram and Facebook

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Jun 2021 3:23pm

Delhi HC seeks Response over Objectionable Post from Instagram and Facebook

A petition was filed by Aditya Singh Deshwal submitting that he found extremely objectionable or unpleasant posts uploaded by a user called 'Islam Ki Sherni' on Instagram. According to the petitioner the user of the profile had written disrespectful language about Hindu gods and goddesses and the content had “vulgar representation in the form of cartoons and graphics of Hindu gods and goddesses.

Senior Advocate G. T. Rao and Advocate Ayush Saxena represented the petitioner in this matter, and, requested that the uploaded content must be taken down from the social platform with regards to the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. The plea further sought directions to Instagram to retain all associated details of the user account and present them before the court for further action.

Thereafter, a notice was issued by the Delhi High Court to the social media platform Instagram, its owner Facebook and Central Government and sought their responses over a plea against the alleged objectionable and offensive post on Instagram defaming Hindu gods and hurting religious sentiments.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi represented the Facebook owner of Instagram, addressed the court that the content hurting religious sentiments had already been removed. It was also assured by him that, the respondents will not disperse duplicate copies of the petition to any third party. Further, he submitted that in compliance with the new IT Rules, a Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO) had been appointed for both Facebook and Instagram.

The above-argument was rebutted by the petitioner stating that a single person can’t handle two notable platforms with an enormous number of users.

The court scheduled the next hearing for August 16, 2021, and also issued notice to the Centre to seek a response directing the Government and the social media platforms to “discharge their executive, statutory and all other obligations in relation to the IT Rules without any delay.”

Tagged: Delhi HC   Instagram   Facebook   Aditya Singh Deshwal   Islam Ki Sherni   Senior Advocate   G T Rao   Advocate Ayush Saxena   social platform   Information Technology   social media platform   Central Government   Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi   IT Rules  
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