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During X Corp hearing, Karnataka HC suggests age limit on social media

Hearing an appeal by X Corp, formerly known as Twitter, a division bench of the Karnataka High Court observed on Tuesday that an age limit on social media would be beneficial.

X Corp had filed an appeal against an order by a single-judge bench that had dismissed its plea challenging the Centre’s orders to block certain Twitter accounts and had imposed costs of Rs 50 lakh.

X Corp had earlier argued that the cost was excessive and would deter those seeking to challenge a similar blocking order. It had also disagreed with the court’s position that the blocking orders did not require reasons in writing. The bench had directed X Corp to deposit half of the Rs 50 lakh fine with the court to prove its bonafides and the company had complied recently.

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On Tuesday, a bench comprising Justices G Narendar and Vijaykumar Patil observed that the situation was that the rules might have to be tweaked, pointing out that if X Corp could not disclose the blocking order due to confidentiality, they might be put in a tough position if the account holder challenged the blocking of their account.

The bench later observed that society would be well served by a ban on social media, asserting that there should at least be an age limit on its use. The court questioned if a young person who was 17 or 18 years of age had the maturity to judge what would or would not be in the interest of the nation. The bench suggested that 21 would be a good age limit.

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The bench also pointed out that since some online gaming platforms required identification, similarly, identification could be required for social media.

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