The Supreme Court has expressed concern over the practice of fake news in social media platforms. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said that at times such news of communal color is spread on such media platforms which brings bad name to the country. There was an allegation of spreading corona due to the gathering of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin area. The apex court made this remark during the hearing of the application filed in the Supreme Court in this matter.
Digital platform does not give any answer even after writing something wrong
The Supreme Court said that such digital platforms and social media platforms listen only to the influential and they do not have any responsibility towards judicial institutions. The Chief Justice commented that I have never seen public channels, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube responding and they do not see any responsibility towards the institutions. Even if he writes something wrong, he does not give any answer. If you go to YouTube, you can see that there is fake news going on there. The web portal is not governed from anywhere. There is an attempt to give communal color to the news and this is the biggest problem. This ultimately tarnishes the name of the country.
‘New IT rules made to regulate social and digital media’
During this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the new IT Rules have been made to regulate social and digital media and an attempt has been made to regulate it. IT rules have been made to regulate only the issues which have been mentioned. During this, he appealed to the Supreme Court that the petition challenging the IT rules in different High Courts should be transferred to the Supreme Court. He said that different High Courts are passing different orders. This matter is of the whole of India, so there is a need to see a holistic picture, so the matter should be brought before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed that it will also look into the transfer petition along with the applications of Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind and Peace Party. Now the next hearing of the case will be after 6 weeks.
Questions were raised on some media reports in Tabligi Jamaat case
During the last hearing on November 27, during the hearing on the petition of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, which questioned the wrong reporting of some media in the Tablighi Jamaat case, the Supreme Court had questioned the Central Government’s affidavit and said that the Central Government had There was no talk of a mechanism to regulate the content of the Expressing displeasure over the Central Government’s affidavit, the Supreme Court had said that at first the Central Government did not file the affidavit properly and when it did, it should specify the regulatory mechanism on how TV content would be dealt with.
‘Secular image of the country has been hurt by showing fake news’
During the last hearing, the Supreme Court had said that the right of expression has been misused the most in recent times. On 27 May 2020, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Center and others to file a response on the petition in which the petitioner Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has filed an application alleging that some TV channels have shown the Nizamuddin Markaz of Tabligi Jamaat during Corona. Fake news related to the incident appeared. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the petitioner, had said that the secular image of the country has been hurt by showing fake news in the Markaz case.
[Attribution to NBT]