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Government to block sexual content on social media

In its reply to the Supreme Court, the Central government has said that it is currently in the process of creating a specialized agency that would effectively block and curb sexually offensive content on social media. Responding to this, the Supreme Court bench comprising justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit has asked the Center to provide details about the structure and functions of such an agency and whether it will function under the CBI or the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the court that budgetary allocation for such an agency has already been made and the finer details of the organization are being worked out. It may be recalled that earlier the Supreme Court had asked internet majors such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to eliminate the upload and sharing of sexually offensive content on social media. The apex court was responding to a plea seeking curbs on sharing of sexual offence videos on social networking sites and steps to check cybercrimes. However, at that time, these companies had expressed their inability to auto-block such content.

The Supreme Court has given time till February 21 to the Center to draft its reply and file a detailed report. It remains to be seen whether the government would be able to do something that top internet companies have failed to do.

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