Indian Lawsuit Forces Google, Facebook to Remove Content

After lawsuits were brought to civil and criminal Indian courts, citing a law in that country that makes online companies responsible for content posted to their sites by users, both Google and Facebook have responded to directives by removing content cited as objectionable by plaintiffs, reports Reuters.


The content in question is described by the plaintiffs as offensive to Muslims, Hindus and Christians. Neither Google nor Facebook have given specifics of the content, but the companies, along with 19 other websites listed in one recent suit, have been given 15 days to remove the content and explain how they will act to block offensive content in the future. Another named company, Microsoft, reports The Register, "filed an application for rejection of the suit on the grounds that it disclosed no cause of action against Microsoft."


The Indian High Court hearing one of the cases pronounced that it could "pass orders banning all such websites," if the companies couldn't figure out how to block offensive content before complaints were brought.

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