16 October 2021 14:32

Instagram removes Hinduphobic content, tells Delhi High Court will look into grievances

"The content uploaded on Instagram presented abusive language written about Hindu gods and goddesses along with their vulgar representation in the form of cartoons and graphics."

Instagram has officially informed the Delhi High Court that it removed objectionable content relating to Hindu gods and goddesses.

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Image source: Delhi High Court – Wikipedia.

According to NDTV, the petitioner Aditya Singh Deshwal submitted that he found highly obnoxious or objectionable posts put up allegedly by a user named as ‘Islam Ki Sherni.’

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Deshwal said that the content uploaded on Instagram presented abusive language written about Hindu gods and goddesses along with their vulgar representation in the form of cartoons and graphics.

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Deshwal was represented through senior advocate G. Tushar Rao and lawyer Ayush Saxena.

They sought that the content should be removed at the earliest from Instagram.

The plea also sought direction to Instagram to preserve all the details associated with these user accounts.

The petitioners argued that these should be placed before the court to expose the identity of culprits behind these objectionable posts.

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Image source: Justice Rekha Palli – Wikipedia.

Justice Rekha Palli has issued notice and sought response from Instagram on a plea seeking direction to implement Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules 2021 in its true letter and spirit.

The court was informed by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Facebook which owns Instagram, that the content has already been removed.

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Image source: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi – Wikipedia.
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He further assured the court that the respondents will not disseminate the copies of the petition to any unrelated third party.

Facebook has also appointed Spoorthi Priya as their Grievance Officer under the new IT Rules to look after both Instagram and Facebook.

While, Facebook owned messaging platform WhatsApp has appointed Paresh B. Lal as the grievance officer.

According to the new guidelines of the Indian government, all social media companies with more than fifty lakh users have to appoint a grievance officer, nodal officer and a chief compliance officer.

By end of May, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Google had shared information on their compliance officer, resident grievance officer and nodal contact person with the Indian government.

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