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Centre told to reply on PIL for social media-Aadhaar link
Even as the Madras High Court considered a PIL seeking to declare linking of Aadhaar mandatory for authentication while creating email and social media accounts including Facebook and twitter as ‘dangerous,’ directed the Centre to file a reply.
A division bench comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, before whom the plea came up for hearing on Monday wondered as to under what constitutional right the petitioner is seeking such relief.
“This a dangerous relief. It would affect the right to privacy of every individual. If the petitioner faces any such issue he can very well file a complaint with the police concerned and they can track such persons and penalise then under appropriate law,” the bench said.
However, the bench on directing the Deputy Superintendent of Police, cyber-crime wing to appear before it and explain as to how complaints are dealt with and the cooperation provided by the social media companies, posted the plea to August 20 for further hearing.
The petitioner Antony Clement Rubia had contended that there is a pressing need for supervision of social media, specially, on abusive and derogatory posts, comments and memes which promotes misinformation and propaganda.
He said based on these aspects, mandating Aadhaar is the most practical way of addressing the menace and imposing stringent penalties, as it paves way for tracking the individual identities uploading multiple posts and memes.
The petitioner also cited the recent unforgettable misery which took the lives of many young children by a social media game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ that was circulated through social media.