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Centre scraps plan to set up ‘Social Media hub’, SC told

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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court (SC) it is withdrawing a proposal to create a social media hub, which petitioners had alleged would become a tool to monitor citizens’ social media activities.

Attorney general K K Venugopal told the SC that the Centre is withdrawing the notification proposing the creation of such a hub so it can conduct a complete review of the policy on this issue.

The proposal to create a social media hub was challenged by Trinamool Congress MLA Mohua Moitra,, who alleged that it was a took being brought to creates a 360 degree profile of those who use social media.

In June, the apex court agreed to hear petition challenging the Centre’s decision to create a Social Media Communication Hub (SMCH) on the ground that it was an attempt to snoop on citizens’ social media activities in violation of their right to privacy.

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