Police File Criminal Cases Against WhatsApp, Twitter, TikTok In India


Silveri Srishailam, who had filed the petition in a Nampally courtroom in search of motion towards the three social media apps, claimed that greater than 1,200 teams have been created after the protests towards CAA, NRC and NPR started within the nation, which have been spreading anti-national content material


Hyderabad: Hyderabad police have registered a prison case towards micro-blogging platform Twitter, Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Chinese short-video making app TikTok on costs of facilitating the unfold of hatred and anti-national content material on their platforms within the nation. The Cyber Crime Police Station registered the case following the route from a metropolis courtroom on a petition filed by a neighborhood journalist.This is believed to be the primary case towards the main social media platforms for facilitating unfold of hatred and anti-national content material within the nation.

The case towards the social media platforms was registered underneath numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), together with for selling enmity between completely different teams on grounds of faith, race, place of origin, residence, language, and so forth., and doing acts prejudicial to upkeep of concord, conspiracy to wage or try and wage struggle, or abetting waging of struggle towards Indian authorities, obscene acts and songs in public, statements conducing to public mischief and prison conspiracy.



Silveri Srishailam, who had filed the petition in a Nampally courtroom in search of motion towards the three social media apps, claimed that greater than 1,200 teams have been created after the protests towards CAA, NRC and NPR started within the nation, which have been spreading anti-national content material.

He even claimed that some Pakistanis have been members in these teams.

He made Twitter Communications India Limited and its India MD Manish Maheswari, WhatsApp Inc and its India head Abhijit Bose, and Tik Tok and its head Nikhil Gandhi the respondents within the case.

When requested, a WhatsApp spokesperson shared an earlier assertion that the corporate cared deeply concerning the security of its customers in India.

“WhatsApp has made significant product changes and worked with partners across civil society, engaged with relevant government authorities and other technology platforms to help address the harmful consequences of misinformation,” the spokesperson stated.

Inside sources advised IANS that Twitter has not acquired any data on any such growth up to now.

TikTok stated it’s trying into the matter.

While WhatsApp has 400 million customers in India, TikTok has crossed 200 million customers. According to Statista, Twitter had practically 35 million lively customers in India in 2019.

Though the FIR was registered on February 18, the difficulty got here to gentle on Thursday. A police officer stated that notices can be issued to the respondents in search of their feedback.

The petitioner additionally sought ban on 42 apps, which he claimed have been working towards India.

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