Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter have to globally disable access to offensive content if such content is uploaded from India, upon the direction of a court, the Delhi High Court has ruled. In case the offensive content is uploaded on these platforms from outside of India, they should block access to it to users in India, the Court held. Geo-blocking offensive content is "partial" in nature because it can still reside on platforms’ global websites, and can be accessed from India, by using VPNs or by accessing the international websites of these platforms, a Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh said. She also held that according to Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2002, disabling and blocking of access has to be from the “computer resource,” which includes “the whole network and not a mere [geographically] limited network”. The judgment was passed in a suit by yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. against social media platforms Facebook, Google, YouTube, Google Plus, and Twitter. Darpan Wadhwa, who was representing Ramdev and Patanjali alleged that various defamatory remarks and information including videos, based on a book titled “Godman to Tycoon – the Untold Story of Baba Ramdev” are available on these platforms, and sought a decree of permanent and mandatory injunction along with damages. He argued that if the platforms fail to comply with the directions of the court, they would not be entitled to Safe Harbour under section 79 of the IT Act. “Intermediaries cannot be judges in…
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