SC rejects the plea to frame guidelines and laws to control fake news

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea asking the Centre to frame guidelines and laws to control the circulation of fake news on social media sites.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused the plea which had asked the ministries of Home Affairs, Law, Information and Broadcasting and Electronics and Information Technology to form a committee for tackling fake news on various social media websites.

Advocate Anuja Kapoor filed the plea said, “there should be accountability, liability, and responsibility of the authorities and departments concerned to prevent the spread of such news. It referred to unverified news on social media relating to the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan.”

The plea said, “The non-restraining of the various fake news travelling on social media handles leads to crimes against humanity such as mob lynching, abetment to murder, sedition, communal riots, influence in elections, mass hysteria.”

The plea also had asked to frame the necessary guidelines, appropriate laws, and bye-laws and suitable punishment for its violation. “There are no set laws relating to restricting fake news, which travels on various social handles, no proper guidelines and punishments/penalties for those social media handlers,” it said.

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