India Says Google & Facebook Should Prescreen All User Generated Content To Stop Jerks
from the don't-disparage-me,-bro dept
If you thought pushing companies to monitor for infringement or terrorism were bad enough, apparently officials in the Indian government have asked Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo to pre-screen all user-generated content to try to remove “disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory” content from being posted.
At the meeting, Mr. Sibal showed attendees a Facebook page that maligned the Congress Party?s president, Sonia Gandhi. ?This is unacceptable,? he told attendees, the executive said, and he asked them to find a way to monitor what is posted on their sites.
In the second meeting with the same executives in late November, Mr. Sibal told them that he expected them to use human beings to screen content, not technology, the executive said.
The three executives said Mr. Sibal has told these companies that he expects them to set up a proactive prescreening system, with staffers looking for objectionable content and deleting it before it is posted.
Apparently, Kapil Sibal, India’s Minister for Telecommunications, doesn’t comprehend the scale of what he’s asking, or the fact that it’s impossible. How does one become a bureaucrat in charge of a technology field when one can’t comprehend such basic concepts? Oh crap, do I have to pre-screen for such “disparaging” remarks now?
Seriously, we’re seeing this kind of insanity more and more these days, where politicians, who clearly have absolutely no freaking clue about the technology they’re regulating, are coming up with positively insane suggestions, with no comprehension about the ramifications. The end effect in this case, would almost certainly be the end of any kind of user-generated content system in India. Is that really what Sibal wants?