What is Section 66A

March 24, 2015 8:32 AM

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What is Section 66A

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the IT Act which allowed arrests for posting offensive content on social media sites. The controversial provision made posting offensive material on social networking sites an offence punishable by up to three years in jail.

Section 66A prescribes the punishment for sending "offensive' messages through computers or any other communication device such as a mobile phone or a tablet, and a conviction can fetch a maximum of three years in jail.

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