wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Petition in Kerala High Court seeks ban on Telegram, cites terrorism and child porn

A petition has been filed in Kerala High Court seeking a ban on messaging app Telegram, stating that it is used to promote child pornography and terrorism, and that it presents law enforcement issues, reports Bar & Bench. Filed by Athena Solomon K, a student at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru, it claims that Telegram is widely used for transmission of sexually explicit and vulgar contents of women and children. It also claims that the app is used by pedophile groups to circumvent the ban on child porn in India.

The petition points out that the app has been widely criticized by governments across the world due to the “secretive nature of messages” on its platform. It cites Russia’s ban on the app to prevent crime and terrorism, and Indonesia’s ban to prevent radical and terrorist propaganda, per LiveLaw

“Telegram is a different world for its users with no government control,”

“Telegram is a different world for its users with no government control,” declares the petition, adding that

  • It doesn’t have an office, or even a nodal officer, in India.
  • Law enforcement agencies cannot make any sense of the Telegram data they receive from ISPs because they don’t have the encryption keys to Telegram, it says.
  • The use of bots ensures that the identity of the user is not revealed, so it gets difficult to trace who is promoting child pornography and terrorism. 

The petition was filed on October 1, and the Kerala High Court sought the Centre’s views on October 4. The case will now be heard after 3 weeks. The petitioner has made the Central Government, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and the Kerala Police respondents to the case, per The Indian Express.

In June, Telegram had refused to hand over chat details of the ISIS module Ansar-ul-Khilafah Kerala despite several queries from the National Investigation Agency. In 2016, RTI activist and web developer Sudhir Yadav had approached the Supreme Court, asking for a ban on messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, that are end-to-end encrypted, that don’t provide the government a way to access such messages, citing it as a national security concern.

What existing laws say

The present Information Technology (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 provides that platforms have to inform users not to publish or share any content which is obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, or harms minors in any way. Platforms have to remove such infringing content within 36 hours of receiving an order from a court or other authorized agencies. 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The amendment of the rules – Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 is in the works, but hasn’t been notified. The new rules increase the liability on platforms, and call for traceability and proactive monitoring of content. It also grants platforms a shorter time of 24 hours to remove illegal content. 

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.

News

The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.

News

In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...

News

By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

News

By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Yash Desai The Government of India circulated proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 (“E-Commerce Rules”) which...

You May Also Like

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ