India Demands Google Censor Objectionable Content

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  1. Son of Govinda

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    India Demands Google Censor Objectionable Content

    Google released its latest Transparency Report, which provides insight into the types of data governments around the world have asked the company to scrub from the Internet. The latest report covers the last six months of 2011.

    As PCMag.com reported earlier today, Google received 6,321 government requests for disclosure of user data in the U.S., and Google partially or completely complied with 93 percent of those demands in the last six months of 2011. That was up from 5,950 requests in the first half of the year, according to the Google Transparency Report.

    "We do hope that by being transparent about these government requests, we can continue to contribute to the public debate about how government behaviors are shaping our Web," Dorothy Chou, the company's senior policy analyst, wrote on the Official Google Blog.

    What's Up With India?
    India had the largest number of government takedown requests (that weren't court orders) during the reporting period. This is likely related to the ongoing legal wrangle between the search giant and India as part of that country's drive to clean up its cyberspace. Last year, the Indian government accused Google (and Facebook) of failing to failing to block "inappropriate" content in the country.

    "The number of content removal requests we received increased by 49% compared to the previous reporting period," Google said, regarding India.

    In response, Google decided to restrict users from viewing some videos in areas where local laws banned speech that could stir up “enmity between communities,” but left them viewable elsewhere in the world. It also rejected a request to remove online profiles that criticized a local politician.

    In April 2011, India created new rules requiring Internet companies to remove objectionable content when requested. As a result, Google is in the midst of a trial in Indian courts for allegedly hosting content that "seeks to create enmity, hatred, and communal violence," and not removing said objectionable content when notified, according to the criminal complaint. The Delhi High Court will hold a hearing to decide whether or not to dismiss the complaint in August.

    There were several other instances where Google chose to restrict access instead of complete removal. For example, Germany requested the company remove 70 YouTube videos for allegedly violating the German Children and Young Persons Act, which attempts to protect minors from "bad influences," such as violence and pornography. Instead of removing the allegedly offending videos, the company "restricted some of the videos from view in Germany in accordance with local laws," according to the report. Google also decided to go this route for 70 percent of the YouTube clips Thailand's Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology claimed insulted the country's monarchy.

    Restricting Political Speech
    Governments are increasingly demanding political speech to be removed. Spanish regulators asked Google to take down 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles that discussed public figures. A public institution in Poland wanted links to a site criticizing the organization to be removed. Google denied these requests.

    On the other hand, Google complied with requests from UK law enforcement to remove 640 videos posted by five YouTube users on the grounds that they promoted terrorism and violated user terms and conditions.

    "[J]ust like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take down political speech," Chou wrote. She noted that many of the requests were from "Western democracies not typically associated with censorship" and called the trend "alarming."

    During the latest reporting period, the company received 187 requests from the United States to remove offending content, of which 117 were court orders. The company fully, or partially, complied with 40 percent of court orders, but complied with 70 percent of other requests, such as ones from law enforcement and other government agencies.
     
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    bastards now what , were having towards China when w should be becoming more transparent and free:frusty:

    Who the FUK are they to decide what we should read
     
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    This govt. may look liberal & open-minded to naive and dumb NDTV/IBM watching Indians.....However, they are crooks by nature, they want to control free media so that their own filth never gets out in the open, as seen during recent 2G & CWG Scams.

    We all know, how Internet contributed towards exposing the sham Gandhi/Nehru family of so called 'patriots' as mere low life thugs! Only due to free media we know about the wrong doings of Antonia's family members and their past, intellect of Raul Vincci, plundering by Robert Vadra the 'Kabbaddiwala' and looting by congress as a whole. They fear Team Anna and others using internet as a platform to expose them further. TV and Print media are their pet swines (TV & Press media themselves want to curb internet freedom for obvious corrupt reasons) , however, internet is free, so they will do anything to curb the freedom and show their true secular colors!
     
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    I don't think the Supreme Court should allow it. I also think Pornography should be legalized !
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    What is Objectionable and what is Kosher?

    What Kapil Sibal dreams on about?
     
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    excellent post sir. Since I can't like from my mobile format, I am re-quoting you and then adding a like here:D

    Indians still thinking about voting for the supposed liberal party CongrAss - :pft:
     
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    Google changed blogspot.com to blogspot.in (for Indians) to comply with government's directives. Slowly, social media will be regulated.
     
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    where the mind is without fear.

    Now they will say censor, google, then media, then they will say censor, home and then individual mind.

    Their is no end to these stupid demands. We all are rational adults and we very well know what is good for us.
     
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    of course in a Homo sapiens democratic world such a move would have ensured that the party which brought it is thrown out of power as in lose deposits in all seats. But hey we are Indians and we belong to a different species .

    censor by govt:scared2: and Indians:pft:
     
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    BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!

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