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Delhi High Court asks centre to clarify on allowing minors in Facebook

New Delhi, Apr 26 (): Asking the centre to respond immediately, the Delhi High Court has questioned on how minor children below eighteen years of age are being allowed to open an account in social networking sites including Facebook even after it is aware that Indian law does not permit it.

The Delhi High court expressed its concern over Facebook which allows thirteen year olds to open accounts. The bench in its direction has asked the Union of India to file an affidavit on the issue within ten days. The court adjourned the case to May 13.

The petitioner, a former BJP ideologue K N Govindacharya, has challenged the court asking that how can it be possible for children below eighteen years age to get into an accord with social networking sites to open an account which is not applicable according to Indian Majority Act, the Indian Contract Act and also the Information and Technology Act.

The petitioner in his petition has appealed to the court to make sure that all accessible users in Facebook and future new members of social networking websites should not be less than eighteen years of age.

Govindacharya’s counsel Veerag Gupta pleaded the court to impose penalties on social networking sites and other internet-based companies for not verifying the age of its users.

The lawyer who appeared on behalf of the petitioner further said that the Indian government is not willing to take action against the foreign companies which have their Indian operations.

In the wake of a public interest litigation filed by former BJP ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, came the court’s direction.

The petitioner who involves himself in social services through his organization, Rashtriya Swabhimaan Aandolan said, “Gross revenue for Facebook in the previous year was approximately $37 billion”. The petitioner also requested the court to ensure proper accounting compliances as per the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India.