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The Supreme Court is asking for their response to the plea search mechanism to check for fake news, hate messages and “seditious and inflammatory” content.
The Supreme Court of India has asked the government and Twitter for the response to a petition to put in place a mechanism to verify fake news, hate messages and what officials see as seditious and inflammatory content on social media platforms .
The case highlights a standoff between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and free speech advocates who criticize the ruling party for trying to silence opponents.
The government recently asked Twitter to block hundreds of accounts and posts it said spread misinformation and provocative content related to farmers who have been protesting farm laws since November on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Ashwini Kumar Dubey, lawyer for petitioner Vinit Goenka, told the court on Friday that there were hundreds of fake Twitter pseudonyms and Facebook accounts on behalf of prominent people and dignitaries that were being used to tarnish the image of opponents and from the Indian government.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the petition after obtaining responses from the government and Twitter.
News channel New Delhi Television said the government has developed draft rules to regulate social media, streaming and digital news content, which will include a code of ethics and a mechanism for reporting inappropriate content and request their deletion. The proposed rules have not been made public.
Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday warned US-based social media websites – he named Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn in parliament – of “taking action. strict ”if they were“ misused to spread false news and fuel violence ”.
Twitter refused to fully comply with last week’s government order to delete certain accounts, including those of news agencies, journalists, activists and politicians, citing its “principles of defending a protected speech and freedom of expression ”.
Twitter has temporarily blocked some accounts, but only in India.
“We will continue to defend the right to free speech on behalf of the people we serve. We are exploring options under Indian law – both for Twitter and for the accounts that have been affected. We remain committed to protecting the health of the conversation on Twitter and strongly believe that tweets should be circulating, ”Twitter said.