NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre, Twitter, Google and YouTube while hearing a Facebook petition. The Supreme Court's notice was given during a hearing on Facebook's plea seeking transfer of pending petitions in three High Court petitions to the apex court. The petitions are pending in the Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking interlinking of Aadhaar database with social media.
The Supreme Court has sent notices to the Central Government, Google, Twitter and YouTube to seek their response to transfer all cases pending in the High Court to the apex court to decide whether social networking sites should be linked with the police. be forced to share information about criminals. Facebook has filed a petition saying that the cases in the Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh High Court cases may be a problem with separate verdicts.
The Supreme Court has refused to stay the hearing in the High Court. During the hearing, Attorney General for the state of Tamil Nadu K K Venugopal cited issues of terrorism and crime including pornography. On the other hand, Facebook and WhatsApp asked the Supreme Court whether they could be forced to share data and information to investigating agencies to assist in criminal investigations.