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Updated: February 14, 2012 17:17 IST

No plan to censor social media: Sibal

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Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal. File photo
PTI Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal. File photo

No government will censor social media, but If the print media and visual media obey the laws, they can also obey the laws, Mr. Sibal says.

Union Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today ruled out any plan to censor social media, but said the companies need to obey the law of the land.

The comments came in the backdrop of a Delhi court’s order asking social and networking media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google etc to remove objectionable content.

The court’s order had come after Mr. Sibal had taken some measures to rein in social media organisations from hurting religious sentiments.

“No government in the country will ever censor social media. But we need to make sure that everybody obeys the laws of the country. If the print media and visual media obey the laws, the social media can also obey the laws,” Mr. Sibal told the Nasscom Leadership Summit that got underway here this morning.

“I want to say once and for all, without any obfuscation, no government in India will ever censor social media,” he further said.

After the Delhi court order early this month, Internet giants Google and Facebook removed offensive content from their India websites.

Finally an important development. I tried out a variety of searches on
Google, and have seen that only the most sordid content is being
blocked. Well, atleast there wasn't a firestorm of censoring as was
indicated earlier. So the govt and Google India etc seem to have
weathered the storm. But there is the matter of the "censor crusader" Vinay Rai's lawsuit against Google India etc. The govt, if it wants a genuine rush of goodwill and a lasting shot in the arm, will try to weather that fanatic's fantasy as well.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 01:56 IST

Perhaps, it is a whiff of solace to the social medias, but sir is it not the very lifeline of any democracy that there should be powerful opposition which points out the mistakes "of the people" ? After the Opposition who is to bring to light the blunders committed by the party in power? Waltair and Russo, fathers of democracy reported to have said "If you have democracy in your country, ask yourself a question,'where is the opposition'" In such case, why and how curbing the media?

from:  khader shaik
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 23:05 IST

Finally pragmatic sense triumphed over irrational sense as the telecom
minster Mr. Kapil Sibal has stated in unequivocal terms that the social
medias will not be subjected to censorship. Truly, a move in the right
direction and a victory of the people's voice, a must for the world's
largest democracy like ours.

from:  Abhijit Lahiri
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:17 IST
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