“I haven’t seen a public channel, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube… They only care about powerful men and not about judges, institutions or ordinary people. we saw that: “Chief Justice of India NV Ramana was” quoted by Bar and Bench and News Agency PTI as said.

The Supreme Court of India heard a number of petitions, including one from Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, urging the center to stop and take tough action against the spreading of “fake news” related to a religious gathering in Markaz Nizamuddin to take responsibility for the fake news.

The spread of fake news has increased tremendously and has been aided by the rise of social media, which has become the most important Main source of news, especially amid the pandemic. Social media platforms can also be used to spread disinformation about vaccines in the country.

Everything that is shown on a private news channel section has a common tone. Ultimately, this country will get a bad rap. Have you ever tried regulating these private channels – SC-Bank headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana

What else happened in the hearing

These are the main observations made by the bank, which in addition to CJI Ramana also includes Judges Surya Kant and AS Bopanna:

  • Social media only listen to the “powerful voices” and some things are written against judges, institutions without any accountability
  • There is no control over fake news and defamation in web portals and YouTube channels. “If you go to YouTube, you’ll see how fake news can be spread freely and anyone can open a channel on YouTube.”

The bank also ordered that the petition to transfer the various PILs challenging IT rules in various high courts across the country to the SC be listed along with the Jamiat petition.

“Platforms like Twitter and Facebook should be held responsible for this”

SC Bank’s observations come days after Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud said it was important to keep governments in check and protect yourself from untruths, false stories and fake news.

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The phenomenon of fake news is on the rise. The WHO (World Health Organization) recognized this during the COVID pandemic and called it “infodemic”. People tend to be drawn to sensational news … which is often based on falsehood – an NDTV report quoted Chandrachud as I said.

Chandrachud said social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook should be held responsible for incorrect content. However, he also urged citizens to be vigilant about the content they are consuming.

“We live in a post-factual world. Social media platforms are responsible … but citizens are also responsible. We tend to echo chambers and don’t like opposing beliefs… we live in a world that is increasingly divided on social, economic and religious lines, ”he said.

“To counter fake news, we need to strengthen our public institutions. We need to make sure we have a press that is free from any influence … politically or economically. We need a press that gives us unbiased information, ”he added.

Six cases of fake news punished in 2020

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in answer In response to a parliamentary question, it was said that between 2020 and 2021 the Indian press council had initiated six cases of punitive measures against fake news. The answer came to parliamentary questions about fake news on social media.

The ministry also released the following details about efforts to curb fake news from government agencies.

  • Measures were taken against 12 television channels “for broadcasting false, defamatory programs, etc. in the years 2018-2021 in violation of Rule 6 (1) (d) of the Programming Code”.
  • In November 2019, a fact-check unit was set up at the press information office of this ministry. This unit takes note of fake news, both suo moto and through inquiries from citizens on its portal via email and WhatsApp.
  • To date, the PIB Fact Check Unit has answered over 25,000 actionable inquiries.
  • 167 cases of fake news / misinformation were reported to social media platforms for removal by the electoral commission. This was during the 2019 Lok Sabha election and all legislative assembly elections held after 2019.

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