Giant US-based tech Google has filed a plea in Delhi HC, contended that India’s new Digital media rules are not applicable to its search engine.
It urged the court to overturn a single bench decision from April 20 ordering it to delete information that had been marked as “objectionable” by a female petitioner as “offensive.”
A case in which some scumbags uploaded the images of a woman to a pornographic website, and despite court orders, the content could not be completely deleted from the Internet globally, and “errant parties happily persisted” to re-post and reroute the images to other sites.
A notice has been issued by the bench led by Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh to the Delhi government (Centre), Facebook, the pornographic websites and to the woman whose plea has resulted in a single judge’s decision and are expecting their responses to Google’s plea by July 25th.
Despite the court orders, the content was not completely deleted from the Internet, thus the corporation sought interim protection against any coercive action or non-compliance with the directives.
Despite Google’s claim that it was an intermediate rather than a social media middleman, the court stated it would not issue an interim injunction at this time.
Google said in its filing that the April 20 ruling “mischaracterized” its search engine as a “social media intermediary” or “major social media intermediary,” as defined by the new digital media guidelines.
“The single judge has misinterpreted and misapplied the New Rules 2021 to the appellant’s search engine. Additionally, the single judge has conflated various sections of the IT Act and separate rules prescribed thereunder and has passed template orders combining all such offenses and provisions, which is bad in law,” this is what Google said in its appeal against the April 20 judgment. (PTI)
Google said it was piqued by a single judge’s broad “template directives.”