A division bench headed by Chief Justice DN Patel was listening to the petition filed by ‘Foundation for Independent Journalist’, a belief which owns ‘The Wire’, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ‘The News Minute’ Dhanya Rajendran and Founding Editor of ‘The Wire’ MK Venu.
The Court will hear the events at size on the subsequent date of listening to, which is April 16.
In February, the authorities issued new guidelines to police user-generated content material on know-how intermediaries reminiscent of Facebook, Twitter and Google. Rules additionally introduced authorities management on digital information platforms and OTT video content material suppliers.
Sr. Adv. Nitya Ramakrishnan, showing for the petitioner argued that regardless of the Supreme Court placing down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which had comparable provisions for regulating content material, the Centre has now introduced out these Rules to do not directly what it can’t do immediately.
She argued that the new guidelines “go far past something that’s permissible in a democracy”, including that intermediaries are completely different from publishers.
The petitioners have challenged the IT Rules, 2021 solely insofar as they have an effect on digital information portals, and aren’t with reference to ‘publishers of on-line curated content material’, i.e., OTT media platforms or every other entities sought to be regulated by the Impugned Rules.