How can minors have social media accounts, asks court

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It seems Facebook will have a tough time ahead. The more it is becoming popular, the more it is getting surrounded by controversies.

The Delhi high court on Friday raised question on how children below the age of 18 years are allowed to open an account on social networking sites including Facebook, even though Indian laws do not permit it.

The court also asked 2 US-based entities - Facebook Inc and Google Inc - to reply to the plea of former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya, seeking an order for recovery of taxes from the web sites on their income from operations in India.

A bench of justices BD Ahmed and Vibhu Bakhru asked Sumit Pushkarna, the counsel for the Centre, to make the government's stand clear on the issue through an affidavit within 10 days and posted the matter for May 13.

"How can children below 18 years can have an agreement with any of the social network sites including Facebook? The Union of India is directed to file an affidavit on the issue within 10 days," the bench said.

The court also said, "Both Facebook Inc and Google Inc are US-based entities and are hereby impleaded as respondents. Notices to be issued to the newly added parties."

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