NCPCR seeks FIR against Twitter for violating POCSO Act

The NCPCR termed the microblogging site to be unsafe for children.



Amid the recent Twitter spat with the Government of India IT rules. the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked Delhi Police to register an FIR against Twitter for violating the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The NCPCR termed the microblogging site to be unsafe for children.

Stating the platform still has flaws when it comes to content privacy, the commission told the centre to stop the access of children to Twitter as it has links to other apps which do not appear on search engines.

The NCPCR maintained that till the time Twitter does not start reporting complaints of child sexual violence to Indian authorities, access to the platform must be denied to children.

"Twitter has links to WhatsApp groups where child sexual abuse material is available and is being sold," NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said.

Kanoongo went on to say that Twitter also has links where toolkits to deep web and Darkweb are available.

After investigating a particular complaint, the NCPCR found that rape threats were made to a small child when the child's photograph was uploaded on the platform, the chairperson stated.

Further, it was also alleged by Kanoongo that Twitter has given NCPCR false information regarding the relationship between Twitter India and Twitter America in the context of control over the content, thus, a complete violation of the POCSO Act and IPC.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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