Google, FaceBook appeals in India as Govt. orders to remove content

Over the offensive content on social networking sites like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, the govt. has sanctioned prosecution of all these after a day when warning made by Delhi high court to the social networking sites to devise a mechanism to check and remove objectionable material from their sites or face blocking like in China.

Today a trial court adjourned till March 13, the hearing in the case of 21 social networking sites allegedly hosting objectionable content.

However the external affairs ministry has directed the summons issued to foreign-based social networking sites. Among 21, 12 websites are of foreign-based companies.

The matter over the objectionable content on Facebook, Google India Private Limited, Yahoo India, and others is pending in the Delhi high court and would be taken up Monday, this might seeking exemption on the ground by court.

As per Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar’s summon, the accused companies would have to face trial for allegedly committing the offence punishable under sections 292 (sale of obscene books etc.), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person etc.) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile strict actions have taken by the central government on the objectionable content of the sites and request is made by Sudesh to file its report by Jan 13.

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