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No question of censoring social media: Sachin Pilot

Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot has said that social networking websites or any other company for that matter, must act within the laws of the country. File Photo  

Social media sites have to operate within the framework of the law, said Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State for Telecommunications and Information Technology, on Monday. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event organised by the Indian Semiconductor Association, Mr. Pilot said, “After all, these entities do the same when they work in other nations.”

Refraining from commenting on the proceedings against Google and other websites in a Delhi court, Mr. Pilot said, “We have had discussions with these companies even when the law was being made, and there is no question of censorship.”

Mr. Pilot said when content is perceived by some to be “objectionable,” there must be a “redressal system” that makes these companies “accountable” for what is posted on their sites. “There must be responsible behaviour at both ends,” he said.

Mr. Pilot said the recent Supreme Court ruling on the 2G spectrum issue has not “affected investor confidence.” He said the government will “very soon” be finalising the new policies for telecom, electronics manufacturing and IT and is “working on a new postal policy.

He said the IT industry is likely to grow at 15 per cent in the current year, down from 30 per cent per annum in the last decade. “The IT sector remains a sunshine sector and does provide job opportunities to lakhs of people,” he added.

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