The executives said representatives from these companies will tell Mr. Sibal at the meeting on Monday that his demand is impossible, given the volume of user-generated content coming from India, and that they cannot be responsible for determining what is and isn’t defamatory or disparaging.
“If there’s a law and there’s a court order, we can follow up on it,” said an executive from one of the companies attending the meeting. But these companies can’t be in the business of deciding what is and isn’t legal to post, he said.
@ Sushubh: I was about to say you the same. Make whole Politics Section Hidden and also appoint a special MOD for it. I am 101% confident that google and facebooks are hard to follow, but forum Admins and very accessible to these Indian Government.You may not know and one " Thulla " of Delhi Police came to your place with Sibal invitation .
The Indian government needs to have a more realistic approach to the Internet.
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again – there is a dangerous trend that has emerged over the last year and a half, of the Indian government trying to monitor, identify and block digital (online and mobile) communications, and increasingly there is paranoia over their lack of control over the digital space. So:
- They’re trying to contain the spread of potentially threatening communications – for example, stopping SMS’ beyond a certain limit and give themselves the ability to block pages and communities online through the IT Rules
- Identify people involved through the Unique ID project and mobile number verification – Do remember that Yahoo India is in court, because they refused to share information on certain email IDs
- Trying to monitor Blackberry Messenger messages (which were used during the UK riots in August), and record calls, GPRS access, location information.
Judging by the report today, it’s going from bad to worse.