Supreme court serves notice to Centre, Twitter on mechanism to check fake news

Supreme court serves notice to Centre, Twitter on mechanism to check fake news

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre government and Twitter to check the mechanism used to monitor the fake news, hatred news/speeches, etc. spread with the use of social media platforms such as Twitter.

BJP leader Vinit Goenka in May 2020 had filed a petition in the Supreme court regarding the fake, seditious, incendiary, and hatred news which in turn had resulted in aggression and violence between communities. Violence has shaken the country in the past years resulting in the destruction of property and loss of lives.

Supreme Court bench which was headed by Indian Chief Justice SA Bobde issued the notice for the plea directing the matter be tagged with similar pending petitions seeking regulation of Social media platforms.

The bench heard the petition at a time when the Indian government has been pressing the social media platform Twitter to delete around 1000 accounts and several posts that are accused of misleading the people regarding the farm laws and creating chaos among the public.

Advocate Ashwini Kumar representing the petitioner said that the plea seeks the screening of the regulatory norms of Twitter so that no person could spread hateful and misleading information against India and the Indian government.

Goenka said that social media platforms are being used by opponents to mislead the people especially during elections while some people use it to spread anti-India and hateful allegations with an aim to provoke violence in various parts of the country.

The plea by the BJP stated that the platform Twitter is being misused by some miscreants that challenge the unity, integrity, and sovereignty of India.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government respects the social media platforms for empowering common people. Social media has a big role in the Digital India program. However, if social media is misused to spread fake news, violence then action will be taken against them.

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