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Social Networks being Summoned in India for PROMOTING objectionable content


21 social networking sites including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Youtube, a Delhi court issued summons to them for facing trial for allegedly webcasting objectionable contents.

An FIR has been lodged against social networking site Facebook and one of its users for allegedly posting offensive comments about the Hindu holy scripture Bhagvad Gita. Nutan Thakur, a social activist from Lucknow, has lodged an FIR against Chandigarh-based editor of daily under the section 53, 153 A, 153-B, 290, 504, 505, 506 IPC and section 66 A Information Technology Act 2000.

In the fresh case, the court said, “it appears from a bare perusal of the documents that prima facie the accused in connivance with each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content which also appears to the prurient interests and tends to deprave and corrupt the persons who are likely to read, see or hear the same.”

“It is also evident that such contents are continuously openly and freely available to everyone who is using the said network irrespective of their age and even the persons under the age of 18 years have full and uncensored access to such obscene contents,” the court said.
The MM has summoned the accused companies to face trial for allegedly committing the offence punishable under section 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person etc) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

Facebook, however, had then said it would remove any content that is offensive and could hurt the religious sentiments. “We will remove any content that violates our terms, which are designed to keep material that is hateful, threatening, incites violence or contains nudity off the service,”said Facebook.

Google in response to the government appeal to monitor online content said that it would not remove content that are controversial but legal. “We work really hard to make sure that people have as much access to information as possible, while also following the law. This means that when content is illegal, we abide by local law and take it down,” said Google in a statement. “When content is legal but controversial we don’t remove it because people’s differing views should be respected, so long as they are legal.”