PIL on age-based access of social media & removal of illicit content, SC seeks Centre response
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde issued notice in the plea on Tuesday in a PIL filed by two law students seeking for age-based control of access to social media and for the development of a profile verification mechanism to eliminate illicit content on Social Media.
PIL has been filed by Skand Bajpai and Abhyudaya Mishra, law students of New Law College, Bharathi Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, on the failure of unsatisfactory response to the complaint filed before the Government pertaining to the same subject in the month of June.
In the plea, action has been sought against the social media accounts which are involved in the online trade of illicit content in particular engaging obscene content and online harassment videos.
In addition to the above prayer, the Petitioners have also requested the court to enact gender-neutral laws and criminalisation of impersonation in order to protect one’s identity and to curtail the morphing of pictured and videos for such content.
Furthermore the PIL prays for the institution of legal proceedings against the users who indulge in advertisement, sale and procurement of illicit content and private graphic information.
It also seeks for instructions to upgrade the National Education Policy to include sex education and online safety as a part of the curriculum in order to remove taboo against Sex and sexuality.
The Petition states,
“that there has been a proliferation of fake accounts which facilitates anonymity and impersonation, the plea seeks for guidance to enact a method for checking such social media profiles as Verified ones would further aid in encouraging accountability and deter others from engaging in Cyber-crimes.”
After a brief hearing on the matter, the apex court issued a notice to the Centre and sought a response from the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology and Law and Justice beside others, on the petition.