Social media giants Facebook, Google and up to twenty other internet firms have been ordered by a local Indian court to completely remove content “unacceptable to national standards”, according to a report released today. The “unacceptable” content in questions is mainly images which are “inflammatory and derogatory” and “cannot be accepted by any religion.”
Civil judge Mukesh Kumar explains in a statement:
Contents which are uploaded by some miscreants through these social media sites are highly unacceptable and are inflammatory and derogatory which cannot be accepted by any religion.
The move comes after India”s acting telecom minister Kapil Sibal created quite an uproar in the country over his alleged request for web censorship in the nation. A report from the New York Times suggested that Sibal was looking to introduce measures that would pre-screen all internet content before it is published. The move was in response to images that Sibal claims depicted religious figures in pornographic and unsavoury ways, but many Indians mocked and criticised Sibal and his plan for being unfeasible and foolish.
While Sibal himself admitted in a recent interview that pre-screening the entire web content is next to impossible, he did clarify that he was misquoted on the issue.