Supreme Court: election & voting processes stand endangered by social media exploitation.

The SC found in its verdict (Facebook v. Delhi Assembly Case) on Thursday that the election and voting process were endangered by social media exploitation.

Organizations like facebook must be accountable to those who trust them with this owner. Although facebook has played a key role in ensuring freedom of speech by allowing those who have no voice to speak up and avoiding national censorship, we cannot ignore that it is also a subversive messaging platform and has become a voice and ideology, “said the bench led by Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul”.

To demonstrate this point, the court mentioned the dispute over alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which was allegedly facilitated by platforms such as facebook.

As a prelude to the verdict, a court composed of Judge Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy announced that facekbook is the most popular social media platform in India with approximately 270 million registered users. The court made the following findings:

“Organizations like facebook should be accountable to those who trust them with this power”.

“At the same time, facebook has become a stand for troublesome information, voice, and ideology”.

The courtroom docket additionally mentioned that the international locations like Australia, US, the UK, and the EU have made efforts to modify structures including facebook in an green manner.

Title: Ajit Mohan v. Legislative Assembly National Capital Territory of Delhi [WPC 1088 of 2020]

Bench: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy.

 Citation: LL 2021 SC 288

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