The Delhi High Court just slapped a fine of the Rs 950,000 on Google-owned YouTube for failing to remove an offensive video from its platform. The video in question targeted a Delhi-based doctor, and her IVF practices. Delhi HC’s Justice Najmi Waziri has asked the company to pay Rs 50,000 for each of nine hearings that took place in the last 64 days, ToI reports. The fine is also being imposed for wasting judicial time.
The case was issued in 2015, when the trail court had demanded YouTube remove the video. However, citing technological reasons, YouTube had been asking the court for an extension to comply with the its decision. The company argued that while it couldn’t remove the content, the video had been disabled, in order for nobody to be able to access it.
However, the court refused to allow the claim as it believed that it wasn’t quite the same as removing it from the platform permanently. This finally led YouTube to admitting that it couldn’t comply with the court’s orders as the company had no technological control in removing videos from its server.
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This further led YouTube to withdraw its appeal with the permission of the court under two conditions. The first included the company to not raise any more arguments, and the second was to pay the agreed upon fine to the doctor. The company will also be paying Rs 100,000 to the High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre as cost for trial.