Social media accounts must be linked with Aadhaar to curb anti-national content: Attorney General KK Venugopal

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Social media profiles of users must be linked with Aadhaar numbers, says KK Venugopal&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspShutterstock

New Delhi: To stop circulation of fake news, defamatory and pornographic material, and anti-national content through social media, Attorney General KK Venugopal on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that social media profiles of users must be linked with Aadhaar numbers. 

The top law officer said this during the hearing on a petition filed by Facebook seeking transfer of cases pending in three High Courts for linking social media accounts with Aadhaar.

Facebook has contended that these cases in High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh are similar and seek similar reliefs. These petitions seek a declaration that Aadhaar or any other government authorized identity proof should be made mandatory to authenticate social media accounts.

The court has also sought responses from social media entities Twitter, Google and YouTube to respond on Facebook’s plea and listed the matter for September 13.

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