Delhi HC threatens Google and Facebook to filter content or get blocked

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Today, Delhi HC told Google and Facebook to apply filters to pour out objectionable images of God and Goddess from their website.

Hon’ble Justice Cait was speaking after refusing to file criminal complaint against Google and Facebook over the presence of inflammatory image on their website.

He further went on too say that, such content harms people’s sentiments and isn’t appropriate for minors. That’s why they are asked to comply with the rules laid by the Government. From now onwards, they should take measures to remove such images and also prevent such things from happening again.

Hon’ble Judge further said that today the website holds images of God and Godesss, some other day it might be of someone’s family members. So there must be some, if not complete, control over the image.

Lawyers of Google India and Facebook India were present at the court and provided their argument that its impossible to control images as millions of images are posted online every second. They also said that they can’t control the content as they are subsidiaries of the parent company located in the US. However, lawyers of Google India said that if any complaint is posted against a particular content then they can request Google Inc. to remove that weblink from their search index.

Court also underlined that websites of Facebook and Google can be blocked in India, if immediate action is not taken towards the removal of these content.

As per the Government’s section 79, if any website gets information regarding availability of any objectionable content then its their responsibility to take actions against it. So, its should be the nature of these two companies to abide by these rules.

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