Microsoft web sites could be blocked in India

Microsoft and many other major Internet companies could have some of their sites blocked in India. ZDNet reports that Delhi’s High Court warned Microsoft as well as Facebook, Yahoo, Google and others that they risked having their sites blocked if they did not check and censor their content. On Friday, the Indian government sanctioned the actions of Delhi's High Court.

This effort started in 2011 when a journalist in India named Vinay Rai filed a private complaint against 21 companies, including those listed above, claiming that the companies offered objectionable content on some of their sites via webcasting.

Lawyers for both Google and Facebook told Delhi's High Court that they have a policy against censoring content, even if it is found to be obscene and objectionable. However, Justice Suresh Kait then said that the country could take action on those sites themselves, saying, “Like China, we too can block such websites."

Lawyers for Microsoft and the other foreign companies listed in the complaint have asked for an exception to the Delhi court's decision because their case is still in the process of being heard in India's High Court. The court has apparently agreed but there will be a new hearing on this mater on March 13.

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How stupid. The companies already take down the content if users report it as objectionable. Now they will have to monitor hundreds of millions of users' content to see if's objectionable.

This is very bad. If you don't want people to say **** about you, don't do ****ty things. Censorship is very bad thing. How can we fight back?

yowanvista said,
India is just stuck in the past, censorship will restrict everything.

Unfortunately, censorship seems to be the way of the future. The "land of the free" is even involved in it.

bmthetechfan said,
I have full trust in Indian Judiciary. By the time the court decides the case, minimum 10-20 years will have passed. So no probs.

oh man i cant stop laughing, our system is sure slow as hell

bmthetechfan said,
I have full trust in Indian Judiciary. By the time the court decides the case, minimum 10-20 years will have passed. So no probs.

yeah not too worry.. first Delhi high court long hearing then supreme court.. few years will go & hopefully we get a new govt by then.. sometimes the corrupt system favors also..

ilovetech said,

yeah not too worry.. first Delhi high court long hearing then supreme court.. few years will go & hopefully we get a new govt by then.. sometimes the corrupt system favors also..

lol.....

Just change our government with some young and *intelligent* people, not some old geezers who cant even use computer!

Why does the headline only say "Microsoft" when say "Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other companies"... troll much?

j2006 said,
Why does the headline only say "Microsoft" when say "Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other companies"... troll much?
Its written by John what else can you expect lol

j2006 said,
Why does the headline only say "Microsoft" when say "Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other companies"... troll much?

It's to my understanding that Neowin is a microsoft-centered news site (check the most popular tags on the right ) and so most of its articles should relate to Microsoft.

I hope we revolt. This is some F-ed up ****. First the corrupt govt. and now this. They don't want anything anti anywhere.