Finding Facebook and Twitter Guilty of Spreading Hatred: Supreme Court Statement
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court of India seeking instructions to make laws to regulate social media and keep platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram, directly responsible for spreading hate speech and fake news.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) requested the high court to instruct the central government to establish a mechanism for the automatic elimination of hate speech and fake news within a short time to minimize the counterproduction of such hate speech or news. false.
The petition filed by attorney Vineet Jindal through attorney Raj Kishor Choudhary earlier this week also sought instructions for the Center to draft laws for the criminal prosecution of individuals involved in the spread of hate and false news via the networks. social. He called for the government to be ordered to appoint an expert investigating officer in each case recorded for spreading hate and fake news.
“A registered account is enough to start a channel, which provides a platform for uploading videos on social media such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It means that anyone can float anything on social media, without any restriction or regulation by the government, “the statement said.
The petitioner said the guilty plea was filed following two tweets against the Hindu goddess and using derogatory terms.
The petition held that freedom of expression is widely understood as the notion that everyone has the natural right to express themselves freely across any medium and border without external interference, such as censorship, and without fear of reprisals, such as threats and persecution.
“However, freedom of expression is a complex right, this is because freedom of expression is not absolute and entails special duties and responsibilities, therefore, it may be subject to certain restrictions provided by law,” says the allegation.
The allegation added that the reach of social media is much broader than that of traditional media and that freedom of expression under article 19 (1) of the Constitution goes hand in hand with reasonable restrictions that can be imposed under the Article 19. (2).
The allegation argued that it would be beneficial for India to observe the regulatory standards implemented by different countries in order to introduce guidelines, which form a balance between freedom of expression and the responsibility of social media platforms.
“India has witnessed a lot of community violence in the past, but in today’s social media age, these attacks are not limited to just the regional or local population, the whole country is taking with it. The fog of rumors, innuendo and I hate acting like fire in a local communal standoff that immediately spread across India via social media, “the statement said.
He said that social media has been playing a damaging role in inciting community violence in India and that the time has come to prove its misuse.