Supreme Court issues notice in plea to hold Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp directly responsible for spreading hate speech

In a plea seeking to hold Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp responsible for spreading hate speech The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. A Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued the notice. A mechanism for automatic removal of hate speech and fake news within a short time frame is what the petition urges the top court to direct the Central Government to do. One Armin Navabi tweeted two tweets allegedly using derogatory terms against Hindu goddesses and a plea was filed against this. The plea acknowledges that the Freedom of Speech is complex but also states that it’s not absolute and that it goes hand in hand with a reasonable set of responsibilities. There is another pending plea which sought the formulation of an independent media tribunal to try violation of program code cases independent of any government interference and the said petition is tagged with this petition.

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