The plea in Delhi High Court alleges that the Delhi Police failed to take cognizance of the actions by the named publications/portals/news organizations and social media platforms, as disclosure of identity of Hathras gangrape victims is a punishable offence under Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code.
The Delhi High Court on Friday deferred to August 27, hearing on the appeal filed by WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, challenging the order passed by the Single-Judge Bench, wherein the Single Judge refused to interfere with the Competition Commission of India's probe for investigation
The micro-blogging platform’s refusal to conform to amended IT rules led the centre to approach the Delhi High Court, which pulled it up. The company has now asked for more time to comply with the rules.
As in the case of the new IT rules—aimed at controlling social media majors Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, as well as digital news portals like The Wire, Scroll and The Quint—the objective behind the draft e-commerce rules is shadowing.