Plea against social media in SC for fake news: In a major development, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to hold Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram responsible for spreading hate speeches and fake news on social media.
The public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by advocate Vineet Jindal through advocate Raj Kishor Choudhary.
The plea sought directions of the Centre to make laws for criminal prosecution of persons involved in spreading hate and fake news through social media platforms.
The Plea against social media in SC for fake news has also requested the apex court to direct the Central government to set up a mechanism for automatic removal of hate speeches and fake news so that the counter production of such fake news can be minimized.
It further asked the government to appoint an investigating officer in each case registered for spreading hate and fake news.
As per the report, the PIL stated that “A registered account is sufficient to start a channel, which provides a platform of uploading videos in the social media such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc, which means anyone can float anything in the social media, there is no restriction or censor for their contents and there are no regulations at all by the government.”
The plea was has been filed in the wake of two tweets by the name of one Armin Navabi from his Twitter handle @ArminNavabi against Hindu goddess and using derogatory terms.