The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre Government to file an affidavit regarding framing the guidelines to prevent misuse of Social media within three weeks.
A bench of the apex court was hearing a plea filed by Facebook Inc, seeking transfer of cases pending in various high courts on linking Aadhaar numbers with social media accounts to SC.
A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose said the government must step in now. The Government must balance the individual’s privacy and the nation’s sovereignty. One of the judges said that he was so alarmed over the misuse of social media that he was considering giving up his smartphone and returning to a device with an old feature.
Further the bench added, “Misuse of social media has become dangerous. Govt should step in to deal with the issue at the earliest. Why should we worry about the internet? We will worry about our country. We can’t say we don’t have the technology to track the origins of online crimes. If originators have technology to do it, we have technology to counter it and track the originator.”
Facebook and WhatsApp were represented by Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi and Kapil Sibal respectively. Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued for the State of Tamil Nadu and the Centre respectively.
The Court will hear the matter next on October 22.