RSTV: SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION- SC CALLS ON PARLIAMENT FOR A NEW LAW
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- While Technology evolves very fast , law evolves very slowly in response leading to a wide gulf between them which leads to problems which can’t be solved by making law as it is not feasible to check each and everything. There is also IT Act which has lot of provisions already to check the social media.
- Sec 66 A was made void as many offences were merged together to make it vague and violates Article 19A and all these crimes are already covered separately under IPC but they are non cognizable and bailable but 66 A made it cognizable where any police officer can arrest and after the Lalita Kumari Judgement where FIR became compulsory, the matter can be investigated without Court’s permission and you can prosecute further. But at the same time a new disability will arise where you can’t insult anyone by writing letter to him but can you do it on Social Media. So if you don’t bring new Social Media Law, the policemen in UP, Bihar etc will start using IPC instead. So, in a way , it is to save the social media user from IPC.
- The other problem is it is to be seen that trolls and hatred being spread on social media from the war room of Political parties which are never caught under these laws but it is the common man who wants to use this democratic space for genuine debate and to air his grievances who is harassed under the law by filing bogus cases against him.
- Also we need to see the duplicate and anonymous accounts which are spreading false and malicious information
- The new Law is not to regulate but to take action against Social Media’s misuse.
- The other problem with 66A was the smaller and bigger crimes were merged and the punishment for them was very harsh.
- The alternate to the Law can be through Technological manipulation by blocking trolls, seditious accounts, defamatory and rabble rousing accounts and so on.