SC issues notice to Twitter, Central Government regarding fake news

A notice has been issued by the Supreme Court to Twitter and the Modi government after Vinnit Goenka, a BJP leader, had filed a petition demanding a mechanism to keep a check on fake news and messages being circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Goenka had also filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) last year in May regarding the same issue. In the PIL, he had demanded an apparatus which would enable a way to regulate content on social media sites, especially Twitter which he said were, “spreading hate messages through fake news and seditious and incendiary content through fake accounts.”

His petition raised the issue of hundreds of fake Twitter handles and Facebook accounts in the name of eminent people and dignitaries which were often used to propagate non-factual information. He also reminded that he had asked for this issue to be undertaken, but that did not happen.

The SC bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, merged his petition with hundreds of other similar ones that have been pending.

The update comes at the same time when Twitter is currently under pressure from the Central Government to block over 1,000 accounts and posts that it says have been spreading misinformation and provocative content in relation to the ongoing farmers’ protests in Delhi.

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