New Delhi, August 4 2018: The Indian government has told the nation’s highest court that it has shelved its plans to create a social media communication hub – for now.
The move was widely seen as an intrusion into the privacy of its citizens. Attorney General KK Venugopal, told a Bench of the Supreme Court hearing a public interest case against the plan yesterday, that the notification for the hub was being withdrawn.
The PIL was triggered by news that Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), a public sector undertaking had floated a tender to supply software for a social media hub. Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra had moved a petition before the court against the move.
Government would re-evaluate the policy, the AG told the court – not quite committing that it would scrap the plan.
See our previous report: Apex court frowns on government social media monitoring plans