Come up with guidelines to curb misuse of social media: Supreme Court to govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that technology has taken a “dangerous turn” and asked the Centre to apprise it within three weeks about the time-frame needed to come up with guidelines to curb misuse of social media in the country. 

A bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose expressed serious concern over some social media platforms not being able to trace the originator of a message or an online content and said the government must step in now. 

The bench said neither the apex court nor the high court is competent to decide this scientific issue and it is for the government to come up with appropriate guideline to deal with these issues. 

If there is a technology to do it, then there is a technology to stop it: The court, which appeared to bat for rights of people who may be targeted on social media, said “a person should be empowered to demand who writes a defamatory remark against him or her”.

SC said tracing originator of social media message, content is serious issue and policy is needed for this. “We can’t get away by saying that we don’t have a technology to track originators of online crime, if there is a technology to do it, then there is a technology to stop it,” the court said.