The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed grave concern over web portals and YouTube channels for spreading fake news in the absence of a regulatory mechanism. “If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is freely circulated, and anyone can start a channel on YouTube. The bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant, and A S Bopanna said during remarks. The Chief Justice added that these channels write anything against judges, institutions without accountability and only listen to powerful voices. The Court further came down upon some private media carrying content with a communal tone.
Fake news communalizes society.
Everything shown in a section of media bears a communal tone. Ultimately, this country is going to get a bad name. Did you ever attempt to regulate these private channels,” the SC asked Tushar Mehta. Meanwhile, He said the Centre has come out with new IT Rules to address the issues. However, he added that many petitions filed in high courts challenging the new IT rules. Mehta informed the Court that the Centre had filed a plea for transferring all these petitions to the Apex Court. The Supreme Court agreed to hear after six weeks the Centre’s plea seeking transfer of the petitions. The center filed a transfer plea from various high courts on newly-enacted IT rules meant to regulate online content, including social media and web portals.
Communal news has become a new norm in society, and it is leading organizations toward hatred. The fake news spreaders create youtube channels from unknown names And start spreading hate in the peace-loving community. Meanwhile, The Supreme Court took the matter into concern and asked the government to take strict action against fake news spreaders. Judicial activism is vital when fake news spreaders are out of control.
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