SC forms panel to find ways for blocking offensive videos

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Mar 2017 09:29:16


Mar 23,


THE Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a committee comprising representatives from the Union Government and internet majors to explore a technical solution to block videos of sexual offense on social networking sites.

A bench of Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit gave the nominees of Google India, Microsoft India, Yahoo India, Facebook and other internet intermediaries 15 days to meet and come up with a solution. The top court asked representatives of all the stake-holders to participate in the meetings and inform it about the outcome on April 20, the next date of hearing.
Earlier, officials from the cyber security, who function under the CBI, told the bench that internet was a “wild highway” and blocking objectionable content at the source was a technical challenge for which clear guidelines needed to be issued to stop circulation of such material.

They had told the top court that 50 countries have set up hot-lines to stop child abuse but India was yet to start such a service. The officials had said they were taking assistance of
the INTERPOL to stop child pornography, and whenever complaint was received, service providers were asked to block content.