New Delhi: A bad news for those who have been pushing fake narrative or spreading lies to defame the government or some individuals.
The Supreme Court which had taken note of false news on some social media platforms has asked the Centre to file a fresh counter affidavit highlighting steps it has taken to stop circulation of this kind of news and to stop irresponsible reporting.
The government has been given 15 days time to reply to the notice-before the end of the third week of this month.
The Court is of the view that there is distinction between freedom of speech and right of citizens to get authentic news and information.
An attempt was made by the government to create a balance between the two. The IT Act was amended for the same purpose.
But, like some other such steps, the move was challenged in some High Courts where the matter is still pending. The government has already urged the SC to get all these petitions transferred to it for speedy disposal.
The Supreme Court may do so after receiving a reply to the notice to the Centre.