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SC to Center on Pursuit of Guilty Pleasure to Regulate Social Media to Curb Fake News and Hate Speech | India News

NEW DELHI: On Monday, the Supreme Court sought responses from the Center and others in a plea seeking framing the law to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and hold them responsible for allegedly spreading fake news and hate speech.
A court composed of Chief Justice SA Bobde and justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the Center and others about the guilty plea and tagged it with a pending petition that has sought the creation of a media court to resolve the claims. complaints against the media, channels and networks.
The high court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Vineet Jindal, who has requested instructions from the Center to frame a law to prosecute those involved in the spread of hate and fake news through social media platforms.
The statement has sought instructions for the concerned authorities to establish a mechanism for the automatic elimination of fake news and hate speech within a short period of time.
He said that freedom of expression is a complex right as it may be subject to reasonable restrictions and is not absolute and carries special duties and responsibilities.
The plea, while saying that the reach of social media is much broader than traditional media, it has also referred to few incidents of community violence in the country where social media was misused.
On January 25, the high court had requested responses from the Center, the Press Council of India (PCI) and the Association of News Broadcasters (NBA) on a separate public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the creation of a means court to resolve complaints. against media, channels and networks.
The allegation has said that the media, particularly the electronic media, have become like a rogue horse that needs to be tamed.
He has also sought the creation of an independent committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India or a higher court. cut judge to review the entire legal framework related to media business regulations and suggest guidelines.
In addition to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, PCI and NBA, the main cut It had also sent notices to the News Broadcasting Federation (NBF) and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) about the PIL jointly presented by filmmaker Nilesh Navalakha and civil engineer Nitin Memane.
The higher court had tagged the PIL with a pending statement on the matter.

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