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Supreme Court seeks response from government on removing objectionable content from internet

The Supreme Court has sought a report on the steps taken by the internet intermediaries and the central government to check the spread of child pornography, rape videos and images. In this regard, the Supreme Court has given a time limit of six weeks to the government. The next hearing of the matter will be on November 3.

This direction was given by a two-judge bench. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati was present in the hearing on behalf of the government. The Supreme Court has questioned internet intermediaries and the government to check the spread of child pornography and rape videos and images and sought a report. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati assured a bench of Justices BR Gavai and CT Ravikumar that a status report is ready in this regard. The bench has also asked the service providers to file a status report. Bhati said that Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) rules have been notified.

About four years ago, the Supreme Court took a decision regarding objectionable content on the Internet. anxiety Was expressed. The court had said that the government can make guidelines or standard operating procedure to remove such videos and photos. The central government and big internet companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook had agreed on the need to remove child pornography, rape and objectionable material.

Recently, the Supreme Court had asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to respond even after the unilateral shutdown of the Internet in various states. During the hearing of a public interest litigation filed in this regard, the court asked the ministry cause had asked. About two years ago, the Supreme Court had said in a decision that it is illegal to stop internet services without giving any clear reason. Some state governments regularly shut down the internet in areas where examinations are being held. The reason for this is to prevent cheating in examinations. It was alleged in the petition that internet services are stopped in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The court has asked the central government whether any protocol exists to deal with this problem. The court said that it is issuing notice to the ministry instead of the states to stop internet services in this matter.

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