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Indian Government v Social Networking sites: Expert Views

Author: Bar & Bench News Network, Published on: 8 December 2011

According to the Google Transparency Index reported in the Hindu, for January to June 2011, the Internet search giant received requests from the Indian government...to remove 358 items...Hindu further reported that “Interestingly, the biggest chunk of this is accounted for by a single “request from a local law enforcement agency to remove 236 communities and profiles from [social networking site] orkut that were critical of a local politician.” Google did not identify this politician, but it did state that “we did not comply with this request, since the content did not violate our Community Standards or local law.”...Bar & Bench spoke to Apar Gupta, Partner at Advani & Co and Pranesh Prakash of CIS to get their views on whether there should be censorship on social networking sites. [also refers to Facebook, Microsoft]

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Related companies: Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Orkut (part of Google)