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Indian Judge Tells Google And Facebook To 'Check And Remove Objectionable Material' Or Be Blocked

from the do-the-impossible dept

A few weeks back, Techdirt reported on an Indian minister asking Internet companies to do the impossible:

The Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory content before it goes online, three executives in the information technology industry say.

At the time, you could dismiss this as just the usual grandstanding by a politician trying to score points with the home audience. It now seems that things are much more serious than that. koolhead17 sends us news that an Indian High Court judge is not only asking for pretty much the same impossible things, but threatening to block sites “like in China” if they don’t:

The Delhi high court today warned social networking site Facebook India and search engine Google India that websites can be “blocked” like in China if they fail to devise a mechanism to check and remove objectionable material from their web pages. “Like China, we will block all such websites,” Justice Suresh Kait said while asking counsel for Facebook and Google India to develop a mechanism to keep a check and remove “offensive and objectionable” material from their web pages.

Worryingly, this lack of comprehension about what is technically possible is not confined to India, as the debates around SOPA have revealed only too painfully.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

8 years of footage uploaded to YouTube every day? Yeah, manually checking the copyright status of each and every frame of that, both audio and video, would be a snap.

Let’s see, 365.25 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute, 30 frames per second, assuming it takes about an hour on average to find the copyright info for anything visible or audible during each frame, and an eight-hour workday with weekends off… Google would need to hire about 5.4 billion new employees to handle the workload for YouTube alone.
Now that’s job creation!

anonymous says:

instead of keep trying to please all these idiots, why doesn’t Google just pull out from the countries (and that includes the US) that moan about it so much? if the whole company upped sticks to somewhere else that appreciated what they had and the revenue it brought, how long before these moaners would start again because they had moved? never satisfied!

Anonymous Coward says:

So Google and Facebook are forced to save all your posts/updates to a page and read it before it’s officially posted on the Internet, is that really so bad? How long could it possibly tale two gigantic Internet companies to do that? The Internet only has like a billion users, that shouldn’t be a big deal.

[Sent: 1/13/2010, 3:34 PM]
[This post was pre-screened and approved by Google: 1/13/2012, 3:34 PM]

(Sorry for double post, the last & most important part of this stupid post didn’t show up in my previous one)

Machin Shin (profile) says:

I really think it is about time for some of the mega companies like Google to just throw their full weight around. They need to just put out an announcement to all the governments stating that if they keep regulating things they do not understand then the internet will fail. As a demonstration Google could then fully shutdown every server they own for a day.

Jason (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I agree that Google needs to throw its weight around.

I really want Google to execute a hostile takeover of a record company.

I’d get a big bag of popcorn out to watch that show.

The record companies are so poorly run that I would only imagine the remaining ones would be able to survive 1, maybe 2, years with Google competing against them.

MAJikMARCer (profile) says:

How the Internet works

Do these people not understand how the Internet works? If they diminish Google and/or Facebook to the point that they are heavily censored, then some other site is going to pop up, and then another and another. That’s the beauty of the Internet. Short of completely taking it down, and I very much doubt that is possible these days, I don’t see how these people really think they can stop expression on the Internet.

If it wasn’t so scary/dangerous, it would be funny how the powers that be are scurrying around like cockroaches now that their corruption can be so easily exposed to everyone.

Anonymous Coward says:

SOPA goes to Dehli? Just change a couple words:

The Delhi high court today warned social networking site Facebook India and search engine Google India that websites can be “blocked” like in China if they fail to devise a mechanism to check and remove *copyrighted* material from their web pages. “Like China, we will block all such websites,” Justice Suresh Kait said while asking counsel for Facebook and Google India to develop a mechanism to keep a check and remove “*infringing” material from their web pages.

And then SOPA comes to America; change 5 words:

The Washington high court today warned social networking site Facebook and search engine Google that websites can be “blocked” like in China if they fail to devise a mechanism to check and remove *copyrighted* material from their web pages. “Like China, we will block all such websites,” Justice R. I. AA. said while asking counsel for Facebook and Google to develop a mechanism to keep a check and remove “*infringing*” material from their web pages.

ASTROBOI says:

Free India

I remember being taught, as a little kid, how the freedom loving Indians kicked out the nasty British and Gahndi laid down on the railroad tracks in his nightshirt that he made himself and how wonderful all this stuff was. And now India wants to be “like China” while their citizens make big salaries as telemarketers and phone scammers. Oh well…..

Jk News on Google Facebook (user link) says:

Google Facebook ban in India

I’m surprised by this. Ironically, things like pornography and other cyber crimes don’t seem to go against the “ethnic” and “religious” culture of India, but obscene pictures of goddesses and politicians seem to be an issue of concern for the government. Barring sights like google and facebook, like China, means withdrawing the freedom of expression from many Indians. Would India then, still be worth calling the “world’s largest democracy”?

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