BJP Leader’s PIL To Link Facebook, Whatsapp With Aadhaar Rejected By Supreme Court; Here’s The Reason Why
On Monday the Supreme court rejected a PIL which was requested to link social media accounts to Aadhar Card. Its purpose was to stop fake, troll accounts from overpowering social media platforms.
Why Supreme Court Declined?
The Supreme court also added that all the matters do not need to come to the highest judicial court.
They said that as this issue is before the Madras High Court and so you can go there.
Why Did They File This Plea?
The plea was to request a direction to the Centre for appropriate steps to link social media accounts with Aadhaar card to ‘check menace of fake and paid news’.
lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay has filed it. According to the petitioner, the reason behind filing the plea was to check the menace of “fake and paid news”.
They also filed it to sought directions to the Centre for selection of steps to declare publication of paid news and political advertisements 48 hours before an election as a “corrupt practice” under the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
According to them 10 percent of the 3.5 crore Twitter handles were duplicate.
Which encompasses hundreds in the names of famous and powerful people such as chief ministers and even included president and prime minister of India.
Tamil Nadu Government had approached the Supreme Court asking that everyone who has an account on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, and other such social media handles, should link their Aadhaar number with their social media account.
In fact, the Govt asked for social media portals to allow someone to open an account if they have provided their Aadhaar number.
Facebook opposed this proposal strongly, stating their reason as, ironically, the privacy of users.
Why UIDAI Opposed Social Media Linking of Aadhar Card?
The current laws of the Aadhaar Act dictate that Aadhaar should only be linked to welfare schemes and subsidies funded under the Consolidated Fund of India.
For anything other than this, a separate law is required, said the UIDAI.
Moreover, the Government officials are of the opinion that linking Aadhaar card to social media accounts would not prove to be of any use as it is also not technically feasible.
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