The Supreme Court late on Friday asked the Modi government to examine ifsocial networking platforms likeFacebook and Whatsapp can be prosecuted for offensive and vulgar content.
However, the apex court rejected a plea to ban these social networking platforms.
A social justice bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit asked the Centre to look into the issue after two cases were brought to its notice in which people were booked for circulating rape videos through WhatsApp in Mumbai and running a sex racket for pedophiles through Facebook. No action had been taken against these platforms in spite of these cases.
The Centre had earlier told the Supreme Court that it was difficult to identify people uploading sex videos through mobile phones, although the same was possible if they did so from a computer.
A Hyderabad-based NGO, Prajwala, had therefore told the bench that action should also be taken against the networking sites and they should be blocked. But this plea has now been rejected. “You are now asking blocking of sites. You may later on ask for banning mobile phones. It’s not a solution and it cannot be done,” the bench said.
“Let the government first respond to the issue and then we will consider,” the bench said asking the Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to look into the issue why networking sites were not booked by Kerala and Maharashtra Police.
The bench had earlier directed a CBI probe into all these cases after taking suo moto cognisance of the NGO’s complaint.