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India Moves To Censor Social Media 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the one-point-two-billion-people-dislike-this dept.
An anonymous reader writes "India's Telecoms minister has prompted an uproar after it was revealed he met with executives from Google and Facebook to pressure them into screening 'objectionable' content. Critics argue it is a dangerous step down China's censorship path. 'He denied such a demand was censorship. There is some content on the Internet that "any normal human being would be offended by," he said. The government has asked social media companies to develop a way to eliminate offensive content as soon as it is created, no matter what country it is created in, he said.'
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India Moves To Censor Social Media

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @08:09PM (#38286532)

    I like the idea, but in general I think the kiddie-porn card trumps it. In a poll on the Swedish (arguably one of the countries where the dislike of censorship is strongest) hardware site Sweclockers (http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/14807-telia-filtrerar-internet-for-att-blockera-barnporr) 44% thinks "filtering" the internet for kiddie porn is a good course of action, while merely 39% see it for the counter-productive slippery slope that it is.

    If kiddie porn is such a strong argument for censorship in Sweden, I'd imagine it be even stronger in other countries. Sorry.

  • by Khashishi (775369) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @08:35PM (#38286732) Journal

    The ministry of truth.

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