SC imposes ₹1 lakh fine each on the internet giants

The Supreme Court (SC) has fined a cost of ₹one lakh each on Google and Facebook.  These internet rulers have failed to file their replies on the steps taken by them to block videos of sexual offences on social sites.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit noted that in spite of its specific order to Yahoo, Facebook Ireland, Facebook India, Google India, Google Inc, Microsoft and WhatsApp, they have failed to file any document to inform it about the development made.

The top court directed them to file an affidavit before June 15 spelling out measures taken by them to curtail such videos and asked its Registry to keep the amount in a fixed deposit for a short term.

The Centre also informed the top court that the launch of the beta version of an online cyber crime reporting portal has been given up and now the portal is in its final form will be launched on or before July 15.

The apex court also mentioned that ‘more than sufficient time’ has been taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs to complete these tasks and directed it to complete the exercise by June 30.


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