New Delhi: The Centre and Internet giants, including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, were in agreement that videos of rape, child pornography and objectionable material needed to be stamped out said the Supreme Court.

With an observe From the bench Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit noted that intermediaries have different reactions to suggestions given earlier by the Centre, which included setting up pro-active monitoring tools for auto-deletion of unlawful content by developing artificial intelligence based tools.

The bench said in a statement “ In so far as the suggestions were given by the Union of India as mentioned in the order dated November 28, 2018, are concerned, it appears that each of the different entities has a different reaction to them. Google and YouTube have one reaction. Facebook, Microsoft, and WhatsApp each have different reactions”

It mentions that each of these entities would give a proposed or draft standard operating procedure (SOP) for the purpose of implementation of the suggestions given by the Centre.

In addition, the bench said “ Everybody is agreed that child pornography, rape, and gang rape videos and objectionable material need to be stamped out. The proposed/draft SOP will be drafted on this premise”

On December 10 the draft SOP is filed in the Supreme Court and its copies are served to the counsel appearing for the Centre, petitioner and the Lawyer assisting it as an amicus curiae (impartial adviser).

Kapil Sibal Senior Counsel, appearing for WhatsApp told during the hearing that they have an end-to-end encryption technology due to which it would not be possible to remove the content.

Last month, the Centre had suggested to the court that the intermediaries should deploy trusted flaggers for identifying and deletion of unlawful content and also set up of a 24×7 mechanism for dealing agencies to remove unlawful contents.

The court had on its own taken cognizance of the letter and asked the CBI to lunch a probe to arrest the accused. While the court was hearing a matter following a letter sent in 2015 to then Chief Justice of India HL Dattu by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala, along with two rape videos in a pen-drive.

The idea raises by NGO of maintaining a national Sex offenders register which should contain details of persons convicted for offenses like harassment, stalking, molestation, and other sexual assaults.

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