Guwahati: Following orders of the Supreme Court, the Central Government has finally planned to drop its plan of creating Social Media Hubs across the Nation. The proposal of the Centre was challenged by Trinamool Congress MLA Mohua Mitra who had moved the Apex Court against the Centre’s move.
The center’s plan to create Social Media Hubs across the country to monitor online data was alleged to be risky as unscrupulous agencies could tweak these platforms to monitor online activities of citizens.
The Supreme Court bench constituted by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had ruled that the Social Media Hubs will create a “surveillance state” and will be a “sheer intrusion into privacy”.
The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to abstain from monitoring citizen’s Whatsapp, email accounts, Facebook and Twitter posts.
On Friday’s hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the judges that the petition has become unfruitful and the Request For Proposal is being withdrawn.
The proposed Social Media Hubs were aimed at collecting data and analyzing digital and social media content.
The Supreme Court bench had sought the response of the I&B Ministry and also the AG’s assistance regarding the case.
MLA Mohua Mitra’s lawyer, Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the center wants to analyze Social Media content with the help of these Social Media Hubs.