SC notice to Google India, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook, on sexual offences videos

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today served legal notice to Google India, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook and sought responses from three Internet search engines and social networking sites after a plea made in response to curb on sexual offences videos and cybercrime.

A plea in this regards was filed by Hyderabad-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Prajwala’s in which he questioned to a defined place where one could report such rape videos and seek their blocking.

The SC bench comprised of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit sought responses from-Google India, Yahoo India, Microsoft Corporation (India) Ltd and Facebook by January 9th.

The court’s notices for response came during the course of hearing of a letter Prajwala along with two rape videos submitted in a pen drive showed a man raping a woman and another man filming it.

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According to NGO’s lawyer Aparna Bhat said videos of sexual offences are shot and posted online, and pleaded for court directions to them to take steps to curb cybercrime.

After the court sought responses on the plea, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the bench about the steps taken by the government and the Central Bureau of Investigation to curb cybercrime.

The government said this in response to an August 28 direction by the top court, asking the Information Technology Ministry about the way it could assist in reporting and blocking videos of rape under the cybercrime aspect of the offence.

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