Internet Censorship in India

You might have recently heard the words like Internet – Google – Social Networks – Facebook – Yahoo – YouTube – Web censorship in India in news headlines. Even though there is no proper government policy or strategy or lawful ACT (comes under Information Technology) to block access to Internet content on a large scale, measures for removing content which is objectionable/ endangers public/criticizes individual or group of people/ causes insecure situation to society / national security.

But there are some essential requirements or needs for the Censorship on Intenet in India as said by IT & Telcome Minister, Mr.Kapil Sibal.

Internet-Censorship-in-India

This issue starts from when Rahul Gandhi’s tweets publicly about a one of the Cabinet Minister. And also issue is raised when mischievous  status is updated about Mr. Kapil Sibal and other personalities in facebook and twitter. Govt. of India has asked the social networking sites like Facebook, Yahoo, Orkut & Google  to pre-filter the contents before getting it live.

Govt of India has an official meeting with Social Networking websites like Google and Facebook to ensure that uploading of derogatory material online is stopped. Indian Govt does not want to interfere but if social networking sites are not willing to cooperate, “..it is the duty of the government to think of steps that we need”… The government has met the officials from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo over last few weeks after offensive materials, particularly against Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, were put on the Internet.

Search engine giant Yahoo! refused to comment on the views of the minister, while Microsoft officials were not available for comments.

Social networking site Facebook, which has more than 25 million users in the country, has said it will remove any content that is hateful, threatening and incites “violence” or contains nudity off the service.

Twitter has announced that it can now selectively censor tweets on a country-by-country basis, a move which may bring support for India which reportedly urged social media websites to remove offensive contents.

The High Court in India is warning it will ban websites Facebook, Google, Yahoo etc ‘like China’ if they do not comply with requests to remove offensive content. The sites have been advised to create a mechanism to remove “offensive and objectionable” content from their services

Facebook and Google told the Delhi High Court that they cannot block offensive content that appears on their services. The two Internet giants are among 21 companies that have been asked to develop a mechanism to block objectionable material in India,and the Indian government has given the green light for their prosecution. Although India is democratic (in fact, it’s the world’s largest democracy), many fear the country will resort to censorship.

IF THIS ISSUES ARE STILL MOVING ON TO LARGER EXTENT, SHORTY IN OUR DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY, WE CANT EVEN BROWSE/ BLOG/ SHARE / UPLOAD / DOWNLOAD/ ANYTHING …….

Source:TOI , WikipediaZdnet

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