Appex Court Charges 1 Lakh Fine To Social Media Networks


New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh each on Yahoo, Facebook Ireland, Facebook India, Google India, Google Inc, Microsoft and WhatsApp for lack of response to steps being taken to curb child porn and rape videos on social media networks.

Making a determined effort to coax the Union government to make an online network for filing of anonymous complaints against circulation of offensive videos operational, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Uday Umesh Lalit had on April 16 ordered these internet giants to file affidavits detailing steps taken to curb circulation of violent sex videos as well as child pornography content.

The bench said, “The registry will accept affidavits filed by these entities along with cost of Rs 1 lakh each which will be kept in a fixed deposit for a short-term period immediately upon receipt.”

The court found that substantial work remained to be done to make the system functional. Court said, “It has been stated that the beta version of online cyber crime reporting portal has been set up and the portal in its final form will be launched on or before July 15.”