Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Google and Facebook ordered to remove content from Indian websites to avoid causing religious offence

Internet giants Google and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites today following a court directive warning them of a crackdown ‘like China’ if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities.

The two are among 21 companies asked to develop a mechanism to block objectionable material after a private petitioner took them to court over images deemed offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

The material includes illustrations showing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhi in compromising positions and pigs in Islam's most sacred city, Mecca, as well as sites criticising Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress. Read More