After SC's Surveillance State Remarks, Centre Drops Plan To Set Up Social Media Hubs

| August 3 , 2018 , 16:49 IST

The Central Government on Friday withdrew its notification proposing to create a social media hub. It was alleged that this would let the government peek in the social accounts of the citizens and would hamper the right to privacy.

Earlier on July 13th, the bench had asked the government whether its move to create such a hub was to tap people's WhatsApp messages and observed that it will be like creating a surveillance state.

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud: “The petition has become infructuous. We are withdrawing the RFP (Request For Proposal).”

The Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud accepted the same and disposed of the petition.

The court order came on a petition filed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator Mahua Moitra.

Moitra’s counsel had said that the government is trying to monitor the social media activities of the citizens and by tracking their social media accounts.

What is Social Media Hub

Under the project, media persons were to be employed to monitor social media activities and provide real-time and on ground reports.

The document says that the platform is expected to provide automated reports, tactical insights, and comprehensive work-flows to initiate engagement across digital channels. The platform may be used to disseminate content and hence, should support publishing features.