Update: In a statement (below), Faisal Farooqui, Founder of MouthShut.com has said that the company has "been threatened with hundreds of legal notices, cybercrime complaints and defamation cases. At other times, officers from various police stations call our office, demanding deletion of various reviews or face dire consequences under the IT rules", and the problem is that IT Rules"would require MouthShut.com to remove any negative review about a company or brand simply because they don’t like it, irrespective of the facts stated in the review." "The petition pleads to the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the IT Rules, 2011 should be struck down because they are so vague that it cannot be predicted with certainty as to what is prohibited and what is permitted. A consequence of this law would be the delegation of essential executive function to private parties like MouthShut.com to censor and restrict free speech of citizens or else face legal challenge for user's content." Read the entire statement below. Earlier today: MouthShut.com's petition challenging the IT Rules based on section 79 of the IT Act 2008 has been admitted by the Supreme Court of India, MouthShut.com founder Faisal Farooqui has confirmed to MediaNama. From what we've heard, the court has issued a notice to the Union of India, Department of Information Technology and various states; We'll have more info on this, once we have a copy of the order, and a statement from Farooqui. Harish Salve appeared on behalf of MouthShut.com. The petition challenges all the section 79…
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