The platform said there was no universal or uniform time limit after which it would start to delete accounts as each user would be dealt with on a case-to-case basis.
The bench issued notice to the Centre, Facebook and WhatsApp and sought their stand on one of the pleas by a lawyer who has claimed that the new policy violates users” right to privacy under the Constitution. During the hearing, the Centre said that according to it the policy was in violation of Indian IT laws and rules.
It said it has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the issue and a reply is awaited and therefore, there was a need to maintain the status quo with regard to the implementation of the policy.
WhatsApp, opposing the contention, said it was conforming to Indian IT law and rules and added that its policy has come into effect from May 15, but it won’t be deleting accounts right away.