Cen­tre, Google, FB, What­sapp agree to stamp out rape, child porn videos: SC

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thurs­day said the Cen­tre and In­ter­net gi­ants, in­clud­ing Google, Mi­crosoft and Facebook, were in agree­ment that videos of rape, child pornog­ra­phy and ob­jec­tion­able ma­te­rial needed to be “stamped out”.

A bench of Jus­tices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit noted that in­ter­me­di­aries have “dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions” to sug­ges­tions given ear­lier by the Cen­tre, which in­cluded set­ting up proac­tive mon­i­tor­ing tools for auto dele­tion of un­law­ful con­tent by de­ploy­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence based tools.

“In­so­far as the sug­ges­tions given by the Union of In­dia as men­tioned in the or­der dated Novem­ber 28, 2018 are con- cerned, it ap­pears that each of the dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties have a dif­fer­ent re­ac­tion to them. Google and Youtube have one re­ac­tion. Facebook, Mi­crosoft and What­sapp each have dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions,” the bench said in its or­der.

It said each of these en­ti­ties would give a pro­posed or draft stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) for the pur­pose of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sug­ges­tions given by the Cen­tre.

“Every­body is agreed that the child pornog­ra­phy, rape and gang rape videos and ob­jec­tion­able ma­te­rial need to be stamped out. The pro­posed/draft SOP will be drafted on this premise,” the bench said.

It di­rected that the draft SOP be filed in the apex court on De­cem­ber 10 and its copies be served to the coun­sel ap­pear­ing for the Cen­tre, pe­ti­tioner and the lawyer as­sist­ing it as an am­i­cus cu­riae.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, se­nior coun­sel Kapil Sibal, ap­pear­ing for What­sapp, told the bench that they have an end-to-end en­cryp­tion tech­nol­ogy due to which it would not be pos­si­ble to re­move the con­tent.

The Cen­tre had last month sug­gested to the court that the in­ter­me­di­aries should de­ploy trusted flag­gers for iden­ti­fy­ing and dele­tion of un­law­ful con­tent and also set up of 24X7 mech­a­nism for deal­ing with req­ui­si­tions of law en­force­ment agen­cies.

It had also sug­gested that there should be prompt dis­posal of req­ui­si­tions of law en­force­ment agen­cies to re­move un­law­ful con­tents.

The court was hear­ing a mat­ter fol­low­ing a let­ter sent in 2015 to then Chief Jus­tice of In­dia H L Dattu by Hy­der­abad-based NGO Pra­jwala, along with two rape videos in a pen-drive. The court had on its own taken cog­ni­sance of the let­ter and asked the CBI to launch a probe to ap­pre­hend the cul­prits.

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