Plea in Supreme Court seeks directions to hold Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc. responsible for Allegedly spreading Hate, Fake news

31 oct 2020

Plea in Supreme Court seeks directions to hold Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc. responsible for Allegedly spreading Hate, Fake news

PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the centre to frame a separate law for regulation social media platforms like Facebook, whatsapp, and hold them responsible for spreading hate news and fake news.
The petition has been filed for seeking directions to the centre to frame laws for criminal prosecution of persons involved in spreading hate and violence through social platforms.
The plea has arrayed ministry of home affairs, union of India, ministry of telecommunications etc. as respondents.
Article 19(2) of the constitution provides for a number of grounds for imposing reasonable restrictions on this right. These are the interests of sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the state.
Emphasising the need to hold social media platforms directly responsible for spreading hate speeches in the country, the PIL has been filed. The plea also states that freedom of expression is a complex right. This is because freedom of expression is not absolute and carries with it special duties and responsibilities therefore it may be subject to certain restrictions provided by law.