Hyderabad: The Maidukuru police in Kadapa district have registered a case against a man for making a reportedly objectionable Tik Tok video about Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy.

YSRCP leader Kanala Jayachandra Reddy lodged a complaint against Pullaiah, a resident of Pedda Jonavaram village in Maidukuru’s Duvvuru mandal, for his “abusive content”. Pullaiah’s Tik Tok video, which he had posted on his social media account, had gone viral. The police, along with the cybercrime cops, have started an investigation and are trying to find out if somebody helped Pullaiah.

In the past couple of years, many celebrities and political leaders have been the subject of Tik Tok videos. It may be noted that posting of defamatory comment or material against someone is an offense under Section 66A of the IT Act, punishable with imprisonment while posting defamatory material or comment is criminal defamation, punishable under Section 499 of the IPC. Even liking and sharing such comments can constitute an offense.

Besides, posting defamatory material or comment can also give rise to legal issues if a person sues for defamation and seeks damages. According to Section 66 A of the IT Act, sending offensive messages through communication service is a punishable act. The section was enacted to regulate social media law and assumes importance as it controls and regulates all legal issues related to social media. This section clearly restricts transmission, posting of messages, emails, and comments which can be offensive or unwarranted. The offending message can be in the form of a text, image, audio, video, or any other electronic record which is capable of being transmitted.

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