Meta’s Function is Worse Than A Govt Department, Delhi HC says

The Delhi High Court made a comment that Meta the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, was not functioning properly, compared to a government department. This was in response to a plea made by TV Today Network, a media group, regarding the blocking of their Instagram page, Harper’s Bazaar India.

The bench, consisting of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora, criticized the tech giant and warned that if TV Today’s complaint is not resolved, the court will have to make a prima facie observation that the social media platform is simply leading the media house in circles with their actions.

The bench also urged Meta to get their act together and fix their system, otherwise, the court may have to pass an order condemning them. The case at hand was filed by TV Today Network Pvt Ltd, who have challenged the blocking of their Instagram page due to a third party’s complaint of copyright infringement.

They have also raised concerns about the constitutionality of Rule 3(1)(c) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

The counsel representing the media house informed the court that they had written to Meta about their issue and even reached out to their grievance redressal officer, but their response was unsatisfactory as they were told they had not contacted the correct channel. The email sent by TV Today was presented to the court as evidence.

On the other hand, Meta’s counsel argued that the Instagram page was blocked after receiving three copyright complaints and that the email shown by the media group was simply an automated response, not a decision to reject the complaint.

During the hearing, the court asked the petitioner’s counsel to fill out the required form in the presence of Meta’s counsel and return it. When the petitioner’s counsel returned, he informed the court that the complaint had once again been rejected.

An irritated bench scolded Meta’s counsel, stating that they cannot be stubborn and must follow their instructions. The court also expressed their disappointment with Meta’s inability to understand their instructions and warned that they had given them enough time to get their system in order.

The court also reminded Meta that although they have billions of users, their system was still not in order. The bench instructed the counsel to ensure that TV Today’s complaint is dealt with appropriately and listed the matter for further hearing on Wednesday, while also asking Meta’s counsel to come up with a better response. The court also cautioned that if the system continues to not work, the Rule will become invalid.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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