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Facebook, Google Argue Against Web Censorship In India 160

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the but-it's-unpossible-sir dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook and Google told the Delhi High Court today they cannot block offensive content that appears on their services. The two Internet giants are among 21 companies that have been asked to develop a mechanism to block objectionable material in India, and the Indian government has given the green light for their prosecution. Although India is democratic (in fact, it's the world's largest democracy), many fear the country will resort to censorship."
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Facebook, Google Argue Against Web Censorship In India

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @12:43AM (#38721634)

    Why does anyone still believe democracy means democracy?

  • by wisebabo (638845) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @01:10AM (#38721740) Journal

    ... the reason why the United States of America (may) remain the most powerful, prosperous country* in the world isn't because we aren't the best or most efficient or smartest.

    It's because (it seems) invariably our competitors screw up in a big way. With China it's when their authoritarian government can't keep the lid on their repressed people, with India it's because their chaotic government can't promote effective policies. So let's hope that America's creatively destructive democracy hasn't wounded itself too much (thanks Bush) and will regain its balance. (Actually, hoping that the U.S. will outcompete China, a country 4x its population, is probably a bit much. How about a close second?).

    As I've gotten (much) older, I'm wondering if I see a personal corrolary to this; I've seen people do well not because they've had spectacular successes but because they've managed to avoided catastrophic failures. Sort of like the tortoise and the hare I guess.

    * prosperous BIG country; I know Switzerland, Singapore and Qatar are richer on a per capita basis but they don't have nukes. Or Facebook.

  • by rubycodez (864176) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @01:28AM (#38721832)
    NO, we're talking about people in government. The should be MADE to shut up.
  • by TechGuys (2554082) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @02:55AM (#38722156)
    What? Do you honestly think no other country could have created those? For example we had multiple local Facebook equivalents since like the 90's. Widely used in my country too, with almost all teens and young adults being on those services. Similarly there was search engines, in fact in larger countries they even to this day dominate Google (In Russia Yandex, in China Baidu and in South Korea Naver)
  • by perryizgr8 (1370173) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @03:10AM (#38722234)

    vinay rai is probably a paid puppet hired by this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapil_Sibal [wikipedia.org]
    he is a minister in the government and there was a huge public outcry when his attempts to force facebook into censoring stuff were leaked by the press. so this vinay rai is just another tactic to subdue the issue and get a court order so that facebook has no option but to comply.

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