A petition by Aaradhya Bachchan, granddaughter of Amitabh Bachchan and daughter of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, was heard in the Delhi High Court today, after which the court has given a stern warning from Google to YouTube and sought written answers. Along with this, the court has fixed the date of next hearing of this case on 9th May.
Aaradhya has filed a petition against YouTube tabloids for reporting fake news related to her health and life, demanding that they stop doing such reporting. Hearing her petition, the court banned the broadcast of any content related to Aaradhya’s mental and physical health on all social media platforms, including Google and YouTube.
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When the hearing of the case started, Justice C Harishankar bench asked the channel that why don’t you have a policy to deal with such cases.
The court told the advocate appearing for the YouTube channel that you are just facilitating the information and you have nothing to do with its truth.
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The court further said to the channel’s advocate, are you not benefiting from this. Are you letting people upload for free? The court said, this is not a case of defamation, it is a case of disseminating wrong information. YouTube is a profit making platform and if you are profiting from it then you have a social responsibility as well. The court said that there is something wrong with YouTube’s zero tolerance policy.
Aaradhya’s lawyer said-
Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Aaradhya, referred to Rule 3(1)(b(3)) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, which deals with content harmful to children by intermediaries. Provides for due diligence.
‘Some evil people are doing wrong propaganda only for publicity’
While passing the order in the matter, the Court observed that the facts of Aaradhya Bachchan’s case show that the plaintiff at the young age of 11 years has to go through the things mentioned in the suit.
All material related to Aaradhya banned from telecast
The Court ordered that all Defendants, including YouTube, are also prohibited from publishing, uploading, or broadcasting any videos involving Plaintiff’s physical condition. The court said that in other words, the defendants are strictly prohibited from disseminating information related to the mental or physical health of the plaintiff on any platform.
‘Respondent must comply with the order within a week’
The court said that any other video uploaded on the YouTube platform related to the physical health of the plaintiff will be removed immediately if it is brought to the notice of Google. However, the plaintiff will have to inform the court about this. The court said that the compliance of the said order be ensured within a period of one week from today.