As more and more instances of social media being used as a platform to circulate offensive material coming to light, the apex court sought explanation from various social media platforms on why they are hosting illegal activities. 

The division bench comprising of judges U U Lalit and Madan B Lokur issued notices to Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo. Court directed the companies to file response by January 9. The court took the initiative following a direction from the Centre which asked Supreme Court to direct social media platforms not to allow circulation of such offensive contents. 

Several instances of offensive videos and private clips without consent, which becomes a source of harassment  owing to which people often fall pray to cyber abuse and social stigma are being reported recently. The notice was issued while considering a plea filed by an NGO Prajwala. The plea asked court to order service providers to report any such videos that come to their notice. 

Additional Solicitor General informed government that the government is considering to appoint CBI as a nodal agency to handle cyber crimes and to set up a National Cyber Crime Coordination Cente to handle such issues.