Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Fake news is one of the burning issues in India

Fake News, Social Media And Role Of Judiciary

Harikumar Pallathadka

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 3200-3212

Fake news is one of the burning issues in India, which can be attributed to technological
advances. While disseminating fake news is itself a menace, the corollary harms
associated with disseminating such news are multifarious. Laws to curb fake news are
scattered, insufficient and indirect. The Information Technology Act, 2000, is itself
deficient as it does not have any direct provision for imposing liability on the content
creators and the intermediaries. The Parliament, therefore, needs to make amends in the
existing laws. The judiciary role has been minimal until today since there has been no
significant case of fake news in India. However, the judiciary can play an essential role by
interpreting the existing laws in a manner to strike a balance between an individual's right
to speech and expression and curbing fake news and information.