Twitter celebrates victory for freedom of expression: Section 66A deemed 'unconstitutional'
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information & Technology Act today after several petitions were raised against it.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information & Technology Act today after several petitions were raised against it. The controversial section was specifically in the news for its vague implications on social media and how people use free speech online.
It all began on social media as well. When two girls were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, there was immense outrage against "draconian" cyber laws and a failure of freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, twitter has been celebrating.
Section 66A of the IT Act, the noxious, draconian law has been struck down by the Supreme Court. Restores our faith in democracy.
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) March 24, 2015
#Sec66A Azam Khan should now use the police to find his buffaloes only.
— Durgesh Nandan Jha (@DurgeshJha) March 24, 2015
Glad to know that I live in a free country. No #Sec66A as SC strikes it down. Super happy. Go on, troll away.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) March 24, 2015
#Sec66A has been struck down by the Supreme Court... It is safe to say Beef Steak online once again...Just don't get caught offline with it!
— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) March 24, 2015
Oh, #Sec66A gone. End to zero-loss cyber bullying by the state
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 24, 2015
Good riddance to #Sec66A a law manipulated to serve political ends. The SC should be complimented. And please publicise the entire verdict.
— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) March 24, 2015
One small step for man. One giant bitchslap for Kapil Sibal. #66A
— Mihir Fadnavis (@mihirfadnavis) March 24, 2015
— Anup M (@thedarkcoffee) March 24, 2015
Like 'Dadi' in Vicky Donor, is India (ghar) me sirf Supreme Court hi modern hai. #66A
— Kitabi Columbus (@arvind_et) March 24, 2015
21yr old girl Renu Srinivasan, who had challenged #66A to IBN7 : this is a great feeling, we were feeling like criminals
— Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha (@Mrityunjoykjha) March 24, 2015
Finally my mum can be relieved that I won't be arrested for all my criticism of the government online *George Michael's Freedom plays* #66A
— Makepeace Sitlhou (@makeysitlhou) March 24, 2015
Supreme court scraps #66A, you people with the cartoon DPs can show yourselves now.
— Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) March 24, 2015
— Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh_prakash) March 24, 2015
A greater degree of freedom of speech has been restored to the Republic of India. This is a welcome victory in hard times. #66A
— Chiranjit Ojha (@ChiranjitOjha) March 24, 2015
Yay. Supreme Court strikes down Sec #66A. A law that was grossly menacing, offensive and caused annoyance to the public.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 24, 2015
Sweet relief. I don’t know if I could have taken a yes on #66A. *puts passport back in cupboard, unpacks suitcase*
— Dave Besseling (@davebesseling) March 24, 2015
Constant vigilance is the price of liberty. Keep working with parliament and the executive. We deserve a free and open Internet.
— Apar Gupta (@aparatbar) March 24, 2015
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