DELHI HC ISSUES NOTICE IN A PLEA SEEKING DIRECTION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO DIRECT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO REMOVE ILLEGAL GROUPS FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF CHILDREN IN CYBERSPACE.

The Delhi HC issued notice in a plea seeking a direction to the Central Government to direct social media platforms to remove illegal groups for the safety and security of children in cyberspace.

The application preferred by KN Govindacharya (Applicant) forms part of a pending writ petition concerning the removal of fake news and hate speech from social media platforms.

Notice to the Central Government, Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd, Twitter India Pvt Ltd and Google India Pvt Ltd was issued by a Division Bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

The Applicant has asserted that social media companies have failed to perform their obligations and incidents like the ‘Bois Locker Room’ episode, were “only the tip of the iceberg” which were causing a “big shockwave in the students, schools and society”. Advocate Virag Gupta appeared for KN Govindacharya. The Application was filed by Advocate Gaurav Pathak.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Facebook and Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya appeared for Twitter.Advocate Aditya Gupta appeared for Google. Central Government was represented by Standing Counsel Anurag Ahluwalia.The matter would be heard next on July 14.