Friday, February 17, 2012

Social Websites to be regulated like electronic and print media

Indian Information and Technology Minster had strictly asked more than 21 internet firms to remove the blasphemous web content from their websites or else they would be banned.
These websites included Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Orkut and other famous national and international websites.
The internet firms are already facing court cases in India and they have been conveyed by the judiciary that if the content is not removed, they would be blocked.
On a summit recently, IT Minister Kapil Sibal said that social media will not be censored. He said, ” I want to say once and for all, without any obfuscation, no government in India will ever censor social media,” AFP reported.
“But these firms will have to obey the laws and regulation of the country just like they are enforced on print and electronic media”, he added.
Social Websites to be regulated like electronic and print mediaIn response to court’s stance, internet firms has said that it is impossible to pre-filter the content that is going to be uploaded as billions of people across the globe are responsible for uploading and sharing every kind of content.
Facebook and Google has officially confirmed that they have complied with the court’s directives and removed all the objectionable material from their servers.
Earlier Delhi High court had asked the Facebook and Google to develop such a mechanism so that objectionable content could be removed.
Court has further warned the web firms that if they do not follow the directions, they will be blocked just like it happened in China.
The minister also demanded from the firms to provide information about people who upload such data with all the relevant details.
It all happened when Indian Government found out objectionable cartoons and photos of Manmohad Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Islamic Holy Sites
It should be recalled here that a similar stance was taken by courts in Pakistan when blasphemous cartoons were uploaded on Facebook back in 2010 and 2011.

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