SC expresses grave concern over fake news on social media and news portal

On Thursday, the Supreme Court expressed serious concerns about the news website and social media platforms for spreading fake news in the absence of a regulatory mechanism.

A bench headed by CJI NV Ramana was hearing a batch of petitions, asking for instructions from the Center to stop the spread of “fake news”.

The bench observed that “web portals are not governed by anything. There is an attempt to give a community color to the news and that is the problem. This ultimately brings a bad name to the country.

If you go to YouTube you can see how much fake news there is. Web portals are not governed by anything. There is an attempt to give a community color to the news and that is the problem. It ultimately brings a bad name to the country,” Bar and Bench quoted CJI Ramana as saying.

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Peace Party, in its plea, sought instructions from the Supreme Court to stop the media from allegedly spreading false news by linking the spread of COVID-19 to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation that took place at Nizamuddin in Delhi in March 2020.

India’s Solicitor General Tushar Mehta responded by saying that the new Information Technology Rules of 2021 attempt to regulate social and digital media.

“This is what is supported by IT rules”, he said.

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