Court strikes down Facebook arrest law


March 24 th, 2015

Critics said the law restricts the principle of free speech. India's Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law which allowed police to arrest people for comments on social networks and other Internet sites. The court ruled that the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was unconstitutional. In recent years, several people have been arrested for their comments on Facebook or Twitter, sparking outrage. The government had defended the law, saying it was meant to deter people from uploading offensive material.


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