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Supreme Court: The notification proposing a social media hub that could act like a monitor regarding the online activities of the citizens has been turned down by Centre. The bench comprising of CJ Dipak Misra and AM Khanwilkar and Dr DY Chandrachud was informed by AG KK Venugopal that the stated notification about “social media hub” was being withdrawn.

The move of creating a social media hub was leading towards the creation of a surveillance state. The petition concerning the same was file by TMC MLA Mahua Moitra in which she stated that the government had issued a Request for Proposal (RFP). The tender will be opened on August 20 for a software that would do 360-degree monitoring on all social media platforms.

Therefore, the bench had sought AG KK Venugopal’s assistance for the same in Mahua Moitra v. Union of India, 2018 SCC OnLine SC 697, for which today the Supreme Court was told that the notification is being withdrawn by the Centre.

[Source: PTI]

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Supreme Court: In a PIL filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra challenging the decision of the Centre on creating a Social Media Communication Hub (SMCH) on the ground that it was an attempt on snooping the citizen’s social media activities in violation of their Right to Privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Supreme Court has issued a notice against the same.

The Bench comprising of S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra JJ. had addressed the said petition in which Moitra had accused the government of attempting to invade the privacy of citizens, which eventually violated the Right to Life guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

According to the tender document, the successful bidder will be required “to collect digital media chatter from all core social media platforms as well as digital platforms like news, blogs, and forums”.

Therefore, Supreme Court Bench headed by CJ Dipak Misra on hearing the petition filed earlier, today issued a notice against the “Social Media Communication Hub” that has been proposed by the central government and has sought the assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal. The case is listed for further proceeding on 03-08-2018.  [Mahua Moitra v. Union of India,2018 SCC OnLine SC 697, order dated 13-07-2018]