Social media accounts need to be linked with Aadhaar to check fake news; TN Govt suggests SC

New Delhi: The linking of social media profiles of the users with the Aadhaar was needed to check fake news, defamatory articles, pornographic materials, anti-national and terror contents in the online media, the Supreme Court was told on Monday.

The suggestion was made by Attorney General K K Venugopal appearing on behalf of the TN government before the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday.

Facebook, in its plea said that sharing the 12-digit unique number would violate users’ privacy. Facebook also said that they cannot share the number with a third party as the content was end-to-end encrypted and they don’t have access to it either.

Facebook also argued that similar cases were being heard in the Bombay, Madras and Madhya Pradesh High Courts and should be transferred to the Supreme Court.

“Different High Courts are making various observations and it will be better if all these cases are transferred to the Supreme Court, as all these PILs case have more or less same prayers,” senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Facebook said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (August 20, 2019) agreed to hear a plea of Facebook Inc for transfer of cases related to demands for linking of social media profiles of users with Aadhaar number, pending before the high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the apex court.

The top court issued notice to the Centre, Google, Twitter, YouTube and others and sought their response by September 13.