The apex court said on Saturday that the Supreme Court will no longer use WhatsApp groups to share video conference links for court hearings.
In a circular, the registry stated that instead of WhatsApp, the links to virtual court hearings in the apex court would be shared on the registered email IDs and registered mobile numbers of the respective advocates-on-records and party-in-person.
The move was taken in view of the newly notified Information Technology (Guidelines of Middlemen and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021).
“Advocates-on-record / party-in-person information informs that it is prohibited to share VC links for the formation of groups in WhatsApp to hear their cases / new guidelines issued by the government Or restricted due to regulations. India’s social media relates to apps and OTT platforms.
It added that the VC link would be shared “via email ID registered from March 1, 2021, as well as SMS to LD’s registered mobile numbers. Advocates-on-record / party-in-person”.
The government on Thursday announced comprehensive rules for social media firms and OTT players such as Facebook and Twitter.
The guidelines also make it mandatory for platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp to identify the originator of a message that officials consider to be anti-national and against the security and sovereignty of the country.