India to ban ‘offensive’ Internet material


Ammu Kannampilly
AFP
December 7, 2011

India on Tuesday vowed to ban offensive material from the Internet after Facebook, Google and other major firms told the government they were unable to screen content before it was posted.

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said talks with the Internet giants had failed to come up with a solution following complaints that he had lodged three months ago over “unacceptable” images.

“My aim is that insulting material never gets uploaded,” Sibal told reporters in New Delhi. “We will evolve guidelines and mechanisms to deal with the issue.

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Sibal said the government supported free speech and was against censorship but that some material on the Internet was so offensive that no one would find it acceptable.

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