View of petitioners

The petitioners had approached the High Courts on the ground that many people got away with inflammatory posts on social media because of the lack of traceability. Thus, the Aadhar number should be linked with social media accounts.

View of Madras High Court
It is noteworthy that a Division Bench of the Madras High Court, which is hearing two writ petitions on this matter, did not see merit in the idea. The Bench during the hearings observed that following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Aadhaar case, the unique 12-digit-number can be used only for subsidies and welfare benefits.  Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act has been struck down to the extent that it authorised body corporate and individuals to use the number to establish someone’s identity.

Two other High Courts are also hearing similar matters, Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have sought a transfer of all these cases to the apex court so that there are no conflicting judgments.

While the Supreme Court will decide the question of transferring these cases to itself, the Madras High Court will continue its hearing.