The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Union government, internet majors and other intermediaries to sit together to mull over technical ways to block and check sharing of videos of sexual offences on social networking sites. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit directed Google India, Microsoft India, Yahoo India, Facebook and other internet intermediaries to submit the names of their representatives who would take part in the meeting in order to check cyber crimes.
The top court asked them to finalise the names and inform about their decision by March 22, the next date of hearing. During the hearing, officials from the cyber security, who function under thhe CBI, told the bench that internet was a "wild highway" and blocking objectionable content at the source was a technical challenge for which clear guidelines needed to be passed to stop circulation of such material. They told the top court that 50 countries have set up hotlines to stop child abuse in their jurisdiction but India was yet to start such a service.
The officials said they were taking assistance of the INTERPOL to stop child pornography, and whenever any complaint is received, the service providers are asked to block the objectionable content.