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Pleas against Twitter for Spreading Hate to be heard by Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme court hearing pleas seeking directions to the government to enact a law under which Twitter, a social media platform, could be prosecuted for its alleged “anti-India tweets.”

The please filed by Vinit Goenka will be heard by a bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar. Vinit Goenka is a former national convener of the BJP IT cell. Advocates Vinit Jindal, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, and others have also spoken on this issue.

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A mechanism should be framed to check advertisements and paid content on Twitter that is hateful, seditious, or inciting, Mr Goenka in his plead had sought, and to rein in social media accounts for having malicious content in order to stop the fake, investigative and such news which are damaging to the law of the country or violates the law of the country.

A notice had been issued to the Central Government by the Supreme Court in February, which tagged Mr Goenka’s plea along with other pleas which were of the same matter, and already pending before the top court.

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Twitter was alleged to promote and sympathize with Terrorist groups who want to cause harm to the nation’s integrity and peace; it was also alleged that Twitter promotes anti-India tweets and amounts to waging war against the unity of Indians, as alleged by Mr Goenka.

Mr Goenka’s plea stated that the root cause of many issues and problems in our country is fake news, which also includes the riots of Delhi.

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The plea also said that fake social media accounts are used to mislead the public and to propagate casteism, regionalism, linguism, separatism, communalism, and radicalism, which endangers unity, integrity, and peace of the country.

The plea also stated that the platform was directed to block more than 250 Twitter accounts by the Ministry of Home on February 1, 2021, which were promoting hatred and fake news. However, the social media platform Twitter refused to do such a process.

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Another plea filed by advocate Vinit Jindal of a similar matter had sought direction to make laws that establish and regulate accountability between social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for spreading fake news.

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