SC Directs Centre to Frame Guidelines against Misuse of Social Media in India

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Sep 2019 6:01pm

SC Directs Centre to Frame Guidelines against Misuse of Social Media in India

The Supreme Court on Tuesday has expressed its serious concerns over the misuse of Social Media Platforms and has directed the Central Government to inform the Court within a period of three weeks from today about the required time-frame needed by Centre for framing the guidelines to curb social media’s misuse.

The Court has also directed the Centre to file an affidavit in this regard. The framing of guidelines should be undertaken while keeping in mind the significance of state sovereignty, interests of online privacy and national security, the bench added.

The direction has been passed by the Apex Court while hearing a petition filed by Facebook to transfer all the cases to the top court which are presently being heard by various High Courts below regarding the interlinking of Aadhar with social medial accounts of users.

A division-bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose opined that technology has taken a “dangerous turn” as the social media platforms are not able to trace the originator of a message or online content and stated that it was high time now that the government should intervene in the matter.

The court, while addressing the instant problem as a scientific issue, also stated that neither the apex court nor the high courts are competent enough to decide the issue at hand.

The court ruled that it was for the government to come up with certain appropriate guidelines to deal with such issues, as reported by the PTI.

The court was informed by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Central Government that it is already involved in the process of deliberations and inviting suggestions for resolving the said issue.

Attorney General KK Venugopal represented the State of Tamil Nadu while Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Kapil Sibal represented Facebook and Whatsapp respectively.

The matter now has been fixed for further proceedings on October 22.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Social Media   Misuse   Facebook   Whatsapp   Guidelines  
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