US-based Google LLC argued that the new IT rules for India’s digital media would not apply to its search engine. The company appealed to the Delhi High Court to set aside the order of one of its judges, which made the rules applicable to the company. The court was hearing a case related to the removal of objectionable content from the Internet.
The matter was related to the objectionable picture of a woman
The judge’s decision came in a case where a photograph of a woman was uploaded on a pornographic website by some mischievous elements and the content could not be completely removed from the World Wide Web despite the court’s order. People kept redirecting and re-posting it on other websites.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government, Internet Service Providers Association of India, Facebook, pornographic website and the woman, and sought their response on Google’s appeal by May 25.
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The court said that it is not going to issue any interim order at this stage. When Google has told the bench that it is intermediate, and social media is not intermediate. Along with this, Google has sought protection from action for not following the guidelines or parameters set by the single judge. The global tech company also demanded the removal of the single judge’s point, in which Google has been called a social media intermediary.
Google argued that the single judge in its April 20 ruling had misinterpreted its search engine as a social media intermediary. The court, in its appeal against the April 20 verdict, said that the single judge had misinterpreted and applied the new 2021 rules for the appellant’s search engine. Apart from this, the judge has merged several sections of the IT Act.