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Govt Denies Having ‘Discreet Agreements’ With Facebook, Twitter For Access

The government today told the Delhi HC that its media wing and other IT departments comply with ‘standard agreements’ while using social platforms like facebook, twitter and YouTube—and not any other formal or discrete agreement.

A government said in an affidavit that “the standard agreements for use of social media have been accepted in ‘click and wrap’ mode and no other formal or separate agreement was signed as a part of account creating process.”

The DeitY submitted the affidavit after a PIL filed by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya raised questions on social media usage by the government.

The HC then ordered the government to submit details regarding agreements with social media platforms (facebook, twitter) that the govt uses.

The DeitY stated that the media wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was also using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms of social media for “information dissemination.”

What The PIL Pointed Out

Govindacharya’s advocate, Virag Gupta stated that the government could have contracts with social media platforms, and as per the contract, the govt. is “transferring/surrendering all intellectual property rights of the data being uploaded.”

The court had previously observed that when any content is uploaded on social media sites by the govt sources, the websites got a licence to the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the content without paying any royalty;

The court then asked the Centre whether it was aware of the development.

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