SC Directs Centre to Bring Guidelines for Social Media in 3 Weeks

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Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta wants to go back to feature phones. And Solicitor General Tushar Mehta thinks that leaving smartphones could actually be a good idea. The reason? Both feel technology has made it dangerous to use smartphones.

Underscoring the perils of unregulated social media, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the Centre three weeks to place before it a policy to anchor the medium.

The bench, comprising Justices Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, emphasised how misuse of social media could prove dangerous for India and its law and order while noting that the government should come up with a policy. It also pointed out that the role and duties of intermediaries such as Facebook and WhatsApp should be determined appropriately so that accountability can be fixed.

“It is dangerous how some of these technologies work. I was thinking of giving up my smartphone and going back to feature phones,” said Justice Gupta.

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