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Allahabad HC: Freedom of Expression on Social Media does not allow to use objectionable language.

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Published on: 30 January 2023 at 00:25 IST

Clarifying the Concept of Freedom of Expression, Allahabad High Court has said that freedom of expression on social media, does not allow citizens to make irresponsible statements, nor does it grant a license to use objectionable language.

High Court Bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav said that nowadays, social media has become a global platform for the exchange of ideas and opinions. “Today, the Internet and social media have become important tools of life through which individuals express themselves, through which people can exercise their right to freedom. But it is a right with special accountability,” .

Court while dismissing a Plea observed this.

Appellant was Accused of propagating obscene content on social media. In connection to the case, an FIR is also registered against her at the Nawada police station under section 67 of the Information Technology (IT) Act.

However, the accused has said that she has been falsely implicated. She alleged that the FIR has been registered as a counterblast, as she rejected a man’s marriage proposal.

High Court said that although social media has expanded the scope of freedom of expression, but this does not give the right to use freedom of speech without responsibility.