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"Respect Public Sentiments": Delhi High Court Tells Twitter To Remove Objectionable Content Regarding Hindu Goddess

Nupur Thapliyal
30 Oct 2021 2:16 PM GMT
Respect Public Sentiments: Delhi High Court Tells Twitter To Remove Objectionable Content Regarding Hindu Goddess
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The Delhi High Court has told the social media giant, Twitter to remove certain alleged objectional materials regarding a Hindu Goddess.Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh was of the view that Twitter should respect sentiments of the public as it was doing business for them. The Court also said that it will hear Twitter's submissions after the removal of the said...

The Delhi High Court has told the social media giant, Twitter to remove certain alleged objectional materials regarding a Hindu Goddess.

Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh was of the view that Twitter should respect sentiments of the public as it was doing business for them.   

The Court also said that it will hear Twitter's submissions after the removal of the said content while directing the matter to be listed on November 30.

The development came while the bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Advocate Aditya Singh Deshwal.

It was the petitioner's case that he came across some alleged highly obnoxious posts about Hindu Goddess Maa Kaali put by one user on Twitter.

According to the petitioner, it was alleged that Maa Kali, the Hindu Goddess was depicted as "an erotic and voluptuous object, in a disgraceful and outrageous manner."

The petitioner stated that after repeatedly asking Twitter to remove the said content, Twitter replied "the reported content in the account is not of a category for which Twitter takes action under our Policies, Rules and Terms of service and therefore cannot be removed."

The plea thus prayed for a direction on Union of India through Meity to issue directions to Twitter India and Twitter Inc. to immediately remove the content and permanently suspend the twitter account.

It also prayed for direction upon the Commissioner Delhi Police and DCP Cyber Cell, New Delhi District to discharge their executive and statutory obligations by taking cognizance of the complaint made by the petitioner. 

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