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SC Urges Centre To Work With Internet Majors To Prevent Child Porn

BP World Bureau | Feb 12 2020 10:42:34 AM
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court wants the Central government to hold discussion with internet intermediaries, such as Google, WhatsApp and Facebook to make a strategy to prevent the circulation of rape videos, child porn materials and other explicit images.  

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant listened to arguments of advocate Aparna Bhat, who appeared for Hyderabad-based NGO 'Prajwala.'

She submitted a meeting to deal with the circulation of obscene content on social media platforms and it is yet to be conveyed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). 

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Representing the centre, Solicitor Tushar Mehta said that a meeting on this matter will happen soon and requested the court not to pass any order. There is an argument difference between internet intermediaries and NGO. NGO argued that the content can be blocked at the outset.

Internet companies argued that materials have to be brought to their notice so that they can take action against it. 

Advocate Aparna Bhat said the delay in action will make the content go viral and child pornography falls under POCSO (the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act).

Lawyer N.S. Nappinai said that artificial intelligence tools could filter obscene content that can be eliminated. 

Often times child porn material is shared through Facebook and WhatsApp. Rape videos are circulated by the perpetrators to shame the victim especially to prevent her from reporting. 

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