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YouTube channels are a nuisance to society, regulate them: Madras High Court

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CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has reported unregulated YouTube channel activities and said it is high time for the state to regulate the channels as they have become a nuisance to the society.

Justice K. Kumaresh Babu made these observations on Thursday while hearing an anticipatory bail application by YouTuber Felix Gerald, who was booked for an interview in which Savukku Shankar made sweeping derogatory statements against women police personnel. The judge also said the interviewer should have been charged first as he was the one who prompted Shankar to make the sweeping statements.

A few days after the interview was broadcast on the YouTube channel RedPix, its promoter and interviewer Felix Gerald was also charged by the Tamil Nadu police.

While Shankar was already arrested in connection with the interview, Felix Gerald applied to the court for his arrest.

The plaintiff does not comply with the summons
When the plea came up for hearing, another public prosecutor submitted that the plaintiff's questioning of Shankar enabled him to make derogatory statements against women police personnel in Tamil Nadu. It weakened the morale of the entire state police force, he said.

Though the petitioner has been summoned, he has not appeared before the investigating officer for examination so far, he added.

Justice K Kumaresh Babu recorded the submissions and observed that the plaintiff must have been the first defendant as he was the one who made Shankar make such derogatory statements.

“Is this even an interview?” the judge asked himself. The court then directed the Coimbatore police to file its reply within a week and adjourned the hearing.