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Plea made in Madhya Pradesh Excessive Court docket in opposition to varied Social Media for spreading communal hatred

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A PIL has been filed at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. This PIL is against Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Whatsapp. The main contention is that these platforms propagate unregulated and unrestricted contents.

Plea contends that communal hatred, hate crimes, sexually offensive contents and contents alike are being shared and propagated in these platforms.

The plea also contends regarding the blatant violations of IP Rights, Privacy and various other penal provisions.

Plea seeks to have regulations on the place for these social media giants. It contends that these regulations would come under the purview of ‘Reasonable Restrictions‘ under Article 19(2) of the Constitution.

There are predominantly three reliefs that is being sought:

  • Removing the illegal content
  • Policy formation by these companies to deter such content within 24 hours of upload
  • Application of Section 69 and 69A of the IT Act to block any offensive content.

Additional relief has been sought against the new privacy policy of the WhatsApp. Petitioner seeks the remedy which could lead to rescinding of the latest privacy policy.

Case: Maatr Foundation v. Union of Indian and Ors

Advocates: Amay Bajaj, Ashi Vaidya, Mansi Dubey, Paritosh Shrivastava and Purvi Khandelwal.

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