India, the world’s largest democracy is the third country after Brazil and Germany expecting that Twitter, Facebook and Google will block objectionable content or Government will take action on it. Indian regulations oblige Internet companies to remove material that is “grossly harmful” or “ethnically objectionable”. Some web giants may be allegedly committing the offence punishable under section 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person etc) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
Internet search giants Google and Yahoo! are being investigated for possible violations of the country’s foreign exchange law, a government official said, intensifying pressure on them as they wage a legal battle over screening of ‘objectionable’ content on their websites. — Google, Yahoo! under fire; Enforcement Directorate to probe forex law violation
On December 23 a lower court issued summons to 21 websites, including Google and Facebook, for allegedly committing offences of criminal conspiracy, sale of obscene books and obscene objects to young persons.
India’s minister of state for communications and technology warned Facebook, Google and other Web firms that they must conform to India’s laws if they want to operate in the country. Minister Sachin Pilot told IBN that there is simply no other option:
“Be it a social media website or any other site on internet, they all have to operate within the laws of the country and they should be accountable and responsible for what they put up on their web pages.” – via Facebook, Google Urged to Comply with Indian Laws.
Google and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites on Monday following a court directive warning them of a crackdown “like China” if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities.
Facebook India on Monday filed its compliance report before the Delhi Court which had ordered it and 21 other websites to remove objectionable content from their websites.
Google India also told the court that it has removed certain web pages from the Internet on which objections were raised by the petitioners.