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India Court Sets May Hearing in Facebook, Google Case

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  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    An Indian court set May 23 for the next hearing in a criminal case against Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. and other companies on charges that they failed to censor objectionable content from their websites.

    A court notice on Tuesday said the case will be heard by Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja at the Patiala House court, instead of Judge Sudesh Kumar, another magistrate at the court. The notice didn't give a reason for the change.

    Company executives weren't required to appear at Tuesday's brief, procedural hearing.

    The case is the highest-stakes example yet of the controversy in India over what role Internet companies should have in policing Web content. If convicted, executives from the companies could face jail time and the companies could face fines, lawyers following the case said.

    The case follows a complaint from journalist Vinay Rai, who alleged offenses such as defamation, obscenity and promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race.

    Most of the companies have argued that India's information-technology law protects them from liability for content posted by users. The companies acknowledged they have a responsibility to remove content, in some cases, but only if notified about it. Mr. Rai didn't flag the content he found objectionable directly to the companies, complaining instead to the government.

    The companies also have argued that monitoring their services without receiving complaints wouldn't be feasible, given the amounts of traffic on their sites, and would stifle free speech.

    Microsoft Corp. also is a defendant but isn't expected to be a focus of the case. Google, Facebook and Microsoft have petitioned to be removed the case.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450004577278682215630396.html
     
  2. PatPak

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    Let BJP come to power. They will censor TV channels, beef eating also.
     
  3. Skull and Bones

    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Beef eating is already censored. :troll:
     
  4. PatPak

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    Well may be will now ban Hizabs like France. Talk about secularism!
     
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    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Don't know about hizabs, but Niqabs should be banned in India.
     
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    There you go. Why can't Muslims have the right to choose whatever they like to wear?? Second class citizen?
     
  7. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Will you people ever get tired of playing victims.Niqab is even banned in Tunisia and Turkey.All the progressive Muslims are against this.Its a security nightmare in airports and other public places.Its really a good thing to ban it.
     
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