Intermediary liability in the context of the Shreya Singhal judgment

by Joshita Pai

The ruling of the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal marked the demise of the draconian section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000. The impugned provision caught nationwide attention after the arrest of two girls over a facebook post. The post was a comment on the inconvenience caused by the shutting down of the city during the death procession of the then Shiv Sena Chief, Mr. Bal Thakeray. The nullification of the provision which was sought after in a string of petitions owing to its vagueness and scope of misuse, reinstated the extension of the right to free speech in the virtual media.

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