By- Neha Virmani
Chief Justice of India NV Ramana today expressed concerns about the attempts in social media and online portals to give communal colour to news while hearing a batch of writ petitions seeking action against the media for communalization of the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi Nizamuddin Markaz.
He also stated that social media companies listen only to powerful people and not to institutions or common people. “Companies like You tube, Twitter or Facebook have no accountability, they have written badly about the institution and then don’t respond and say this is their right. Their concern is about powerful men but not about judges, institutions or common man” said CJI.
“If you go to YouTube, so much is shown in one minute. You can see so how much fake news there is. Web portals are not governed by anything. There is an attempt to give communal colour to news and that is a problem. Ultimately it brings a bad name to the country,” said CJI added. To this Tushar Mehta responded they not only communal but also plant news.
The News Broadcasters Association, which is a respondent in the petitions, told the bench also comprising of Justice Surya Kant that the Kerala High Court has granted them interim protection from coercive action under the new IT Rules in a challenge made by them.
Responding to the CJI’s observations, Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for a petitioner in one of the cases, told the bench that Twitter has “deplatformed” and he has filed a case challenging the suspension of his account.