Google, Facebook Ordered By Indian Court To Remove Unacceptable Content

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India's acting telecom minister, Kapil Sibal was the victim over Twitter & Facebook when he demanded a need of censorship over the internet in our country. Everyone mocked out at him for messing with their only freedom of expression over the web. 

In response, on 22nd Dec a local court in New Delhi has ordered at least 22 social media websites, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, to delete "inflammatory" images of religious figures from their network. This statement from civil judge Mukesh Kumar explains: "Contents which are uploaded by some miscreants through these social media sites are highly unacceptable and are inflammatory and derogatory which cannot be accepted by any religion."

This move to censor web content is practically impossible as even Kapil Sibal himself agreed on this while he also said," This is business in progress. We will evolve a consensus and, if the sites still don’t accept it, then we will have to do something about it [as] this kind of content should not be in the public arena."

Earlier this month both Google and Facebook had given out public statements in response to this issue but they agreed upon doing it with their own methods. Google's statement particularly quoted: Even where content is legal but breaks or violates our own terms and conditions we take that down too, once we have been notified about it, but when content is legal and does not violate our policies, we will not remove it just because it is controversial, as we believe that people’s differing views, so long as they are legal, should be respected and protected. 

Both the companies declined to pre-screen or remove content which is legal but controversial. So, should the web be censored in our country? Even if it's controversial, people do have the right to know about it. In our country, speaking in terms of present scenario, the web is the only place where we have the right to express and share our views without any interference from the government. So would you allow them to censor the web for us?

Source: Xinhuanet
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