Just after Yahoo India announced that it is not a social network, Facebook has told Delhi trial court that the company is not responsible for user-generated content hosted on its website. Earlier, Indian government gave nod to prosecute Google, Yahoo and Microsoft and 18 other sites for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration. The government had earlier asked ‘social networking’ companies to screen content manually.
“Facebook pleaded before the court to remove its name as one of the parties in the petition saying it is not responsible for hosting the content that may appear on Facebook.com or any website. It said that it is being wrongly prosecuted under the incorrect description of ‘Facebook’ and stated that its correct addressal is ‘Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd’.
The plaintiff has filed the present suit with ulterior motives to harass Facebook. The present suit is a gross abuse of the process of law and filed with ulterior motive of publicity and causing harassment to it,” [ET]
But then, India is setting up National Cyber Coordination Centre to Scan Tweets, Facebook Status Updates and Emails and don’t be surprised that government asks all these companies to host data in India located servers (Google has already started the implementation of Country Specific Censorship : Blogspot Redirected to Blogspot.in in India).