Delhi HC directs Google, Facebook to appoint a grievance officer and disclose their grievance redressal mechanism

Delhi HC directs Google, Facebook to appoint a grievance officer and disclose their grievance redressal mechanism

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed Google and Facebook to appoint a grievance officer to deal with complaints and disclose their grievance redressal mechanism by publishing the same on their web-pages within two weeks.

A Division Bench comprising of acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru said, “We direct Google Inc and Facebook Inc to display the name of grievance officer on their respective sites. We also direct other intermediaries that the compliance (of the rules) be done in two weeks. They (all the social networking sites) cannot flout the law just because they are a foreign company.  Like us, you are bound by the rule of law of this country.”


The Court made these observations while hearing a PIL [W.P.(C)  3672/2012] alleging that the websites have no mechanism for protection of children from on line abuse. The PIL was filed by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K N Govindacharya. Govindacharya was represented by Advocate Virag Gupta.


The Court also sought the Centre's stand on the petitioner's allegation that Delhi Police, Indian Railways and others have created accounts on social networking sites despite government departments being barred from doing so under the law.



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