Indian government wants to screen Microsoft, Google, and other services

You might want to reconsider posting if you're Indian and outraged at this news, since the Indian government has requested the ability to screen user content on two of the internet's biggest sites, as the New York Times reports.

On Monday afternoon, top executives with Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are meeting with Kapil Sibal, the Indian Minister for Telecommunications and Human Resources Development, or so a tip from two executives has said. The executives have requested anonymity as they are not legally obliged to talk about the meeting. Kapil Sibal's office has confirmed the meeting with Internet executives will take place on Monday but ia remaining tight-lipped beyond this.

An executive who was briefed on a meeting said that Mr. Sibal met with legal executives and key players in Facebook at his New Delhi office. At the meeting, Sibal drew attention to a Facebook page that maligned the Congress Party president, Sonia Gandhi. He told the executives it was "unacceptable", and asked for methods of monitoring what has been posted on the site.

The executives went on to say that Kapil Sibal has asked for a proactive pre-screening system, though that those invited are going to attempt to argue that it is not possible due to the volume of content on both sites coming from India alone. Google alone has over 100,000,000 users in India, and Facebook said earlier this year it had around 25,000,000 users in India alone, so the volume of content must be massive on both sites.

This is not the first time the Indian government has tried to control the availability of information on the internet. In April, the government attempted to demand ISPs delete information posted on websites that was deemed dangerous. Last year they threatened to cut off access to BlackBerry services unless Research In Motion gave them the right to access messages sent from BlackBerry devices.

The city of Mumbai has its own unit for countering freedom online. The unit monitors Facebook, Orkut and other websites on the Internet for content that could be considered inflammatory to their interests. Since January and June of 2011, the Indian government has requested seventy-two different results to be removed from Google's results, which is the third highest of all countries. First is Brazil, with an astounding 224 requests for deletion.

Thank you ilovetech for the tip!

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It is obviously impossible for humans to screen the vast amounts of content generated. Heck, these days, I am not even able to read all the stuff posted on my wall.

So, they want to hide their incompetence by censoring our opinion? Kapil Sibbal should be kicked out of the ministry, first removing 10th boards, then planning to remove JEE and other engineering exams, and now this? Aren't they trying to get too tight of a grip, by asking to read everything before it is posted? Do they even have the manpower for that? And what about the right to speech? With economy going down, increasing inflation and what not, do they expect us to say good things about them?

-Himanshu- said,
So, they want to hide their incompetence by censoring our opinion? Kapil Sibbal should be kicked out of the ministry, first removing 10th boards, then planning to remove JEE and other engineering exams, and now this? Aren't they trying to get too tight of a grip, by asking to read everything before it is posted? Do they even have the manpower for that? And what about the right to speech? With economy going down, increasing inflation and what not, do they expect us to say good things about them?

they still think they may return to power in 2014. its like feel good factor for them, not sure what they are feeling good about..

Dear sirs at Google/Facebook/Microsoft,

Please kindly do the needful and revert with an update.

Regards,

Rahul Singh

P.S. Yes, it is supposed to be a joke.

The main reason being the current youth of the country including me is extremely extremely ****ed with the Congress government. The same congress party has ruled India for 50 years and yet we don't see proper infrastructure. We only see dirty streets and cheap 3rd grade politics from these thugs. the Facebook hate pages and politicians getting slapped left and right in public by youth is the result of all the unrest.

The more congress will try to play hardass, the situation is going to boil further

sanke1 said,
The main reason being the current youth of the country including me is extremely extremely ****ed with the Congress government. The same congress party has ruled India for 50 years and yet we don't see proper infrastructure. We only see dirty streets and cheap 3rd grade politics from these thugs. the Facebook hate pages and politicians getting slapped left and right in public by youth is the result of all the unrest.

The more congress will try to play hardass, the situation is going to boil further

Atal bihari wajpayee's period was golden period.

simrat said,

Atal bihari wajpayee's period was golden period.


That's why I deducted 5 years of BJP rule whenIndia actually made tremendous progress!!

sanke1 said,

That's why I deducted 5 years of BJP rule whenIndia actually made tremendous progress!!

not going to instigate revolt, but youth have power over everything ... hell, it toppled governments and changed regimes ...

sanke1 said,

That's why I deducted 5 years of BJP rule whenIndia actually made tremendous progress!!

Yeah India was really shining during Vaajpayee saab's term. /s

UPA or NDA noone is better than the other.

Navan said,
Screw Kapil Sibal. Corrupt pig!

These corrupted politicians are threaten to India. These pigs should be banned from India first.

simrat said,

Ah! never heard this word here in north.....tamil?

nope, not indian, I only know that word from a guy in my english class ... he told me a few, but that one was the only one I remember

Why bother when they know themselves that the volume is simply too much to handle. How could it even be handled in a timely way that still keeps all of those services relevant?

Hollow.Droid said,
Why bother when they know themselves that the volume is simply too much to handle. How could it even be handled in a timely way that still keeps all of those services relevant?

Exactly. This is just a govt. and the people panicking. The result is that the people will lose their freedoms. Idiots.