‘Read new it rules,’ the supreme court instructs a petitioner seeking action against Islamophobic social media content

The Supreme Court today adjourned the case until next week, requesting that the Centre issue guidelines under the Information Technology Act of 2000 regarding hate messages and Islamophobic remarks on social media.

The petitioner has been given a week to review the new IT Rules, 2021 (Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) 2021) by a bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. The petition was filed in response to Twitter hashtags that communalized the COVID distributed in the wake of the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March 2020.

“These matters are already pending before the Court…,” stated a Division Bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice AS Bopanna while hearing the case today. Do you want to raise it once more? Have you had a chance to look over the new Intermediary Rules? It also looks after these things, “says the bench.

The CJI also inquired if the petitioner had looked over the new IT Rules. The CJI stated, “The recent IT Rules 2021 take care of this.” The petitioner responded that the IT Rules did not address the subject of social media communal propaganda. Aijazuddin, on the other hand, argued before the Court that the problems raised in his petition were distinct and needed to be addressed separately. The court showed an unwillingness to hear the case and inquired if he had made any representations with the Union of India.

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