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SC says Centre should frame guidelines to deal with social media misuse

The Centre today told the Bench that it was in the process of deliberations and inviting suggestions on the same

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), September 24:-The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that technology has taken a “dangerous turn” and asked the Centre to apprise it within three weeks about the time-frame needed to come up with guidelines to curb misuse of social media in the country.

A bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose expressed serious concern over some social media platforms not being able to trace the originator of a message or an online content and said the government must step in now.

The bench said neither the apex court nor the high court is competent to decide this scientific issue and it is for the government to come up with appropriate guideline to deal with these issues.

The top court was hearing a petition filed by Facebook for transfer of petitions pending in different High Courts across the country concerning the demand to interlink Aadhaar database with social media profiles for authentication of identity, to the top court.

Earlier, the apex court had asked Centre whether it was contemplating any move on framing some policy to regulate social media and linking of social media account of people with Aadhaar.

The Centre today told the Bench that it was in the process of deliberations and inviting suggestions on the same.

Complex issues like privacy are involved, the government should step in and make the guidelines, the court observed.

Speaking on the issue of traceability of WhatsApp message originator, Justice Deepak Gupta said, “It is dangerous how some of these technologies work. I was thinking of giving up my smartphone and going back to feature phones”.

The court stated that while the State is powerful enough to protect its right, the issue of individual rights still needed to be discussed.

The court posted the matter for hearing on October 22.

Earlier, Facebook and WhatsApp had told the top court that the matter should be adjudicated by the Supreme Court and matter pending in Madras High Court and other High Courts be transferred to the apex court as any order passed against them will have global ramifications.

Tamil Nadu government had also filed an application in the apex court seeking direction to allow the Madras High Court to continue hearing the social media companies case relating to the traceability of online crimes.

The petitions in different High Courts also demanded to interlink the Aadhaar database with social media profiles for authentication of identity, to the top court.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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