The Supreme Court on Friday sought answers from the Center and Twitter India on a request to seek a mechanism to regulate content and ads that spread hatred through fake news and incitement messages through fake accounts.
The Court of Chief Justice Bobde and Judges AS Bopana and V Ramasubramanyan issued a notice to the Center and Twitter India message on application filed by one Vinit Goenka who says he has hundreds of fake handles and fake Twitter Facebook accounts on behalf of prominent people and high dignitaries.
Lawyer Ashwini Dubey, who is appearing for Goenka, said that instructions are needed to create a mechanism to regulate hateful content on the social networking site.
The court said it was announcing the matter and marking the legal basis with other pending issues.
The application, filed through Dubey, states: “These fake Twitter handles and Facebook accounts use real photos of constitutional authorities and prominent citizens. Therefore, the average person relies on messages posted from these handles on Twitter and Facebook accounts. “
PIL said fake news was the main cause of many riots, including the one in Delhi earlier this year, and fake bills were used to promote casteism and communism, which threatened the country’s brotherhood and unity.
“It is said that the total number of Twitter manipulators in India is currently around 35 million, the total number of Facebook accounts is 350 million, and experts say that about 10 percent of Twitter (3.5 million) and 10 percent of Facebook accounts ( 35 million) are duplicated / false / false “, the application says.
Political parties use fake social media accounts to self-promote and build an image and to tarnish the image of opponents and challenge candidates, especially during elections, the petition said.
The lawsuit is also seeking guidance on drafting a law that could take action against Twitter and its representatives in India for deliberately inciting and promoting anti-Indian tweets and punishing them.
In addition, the petition states that representation has been submitted to the relevant body to act in accordance with the country’s legislation against the social media giant Twitter, but so far the authorities concerned have not taken action.
He also pointed out that the Ministry of Interior banned the Sikhs of Justice (SFJ) under the Illegal Activities and Prevention Act on July 10, 2019, but nevertheless continues to have an active presence on Twitter and is said to support hatred, terrorism and insurgency. , criminal acts.
“The logic and algorithms that Twitter uses must be shared and verified by the Indian government authorities or the competent authority for screening anti-Indian tweets … KYC of all manipulations in social media in India must be done to make social media safe and accountable and traceable, ”the application said.
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