Facebook has issued an official statement with respect to Indian governments’ newly launched campaign to ensure that social media companies screen content manually before making them live.
“We want Facebook to be a place where people can discuss things freely, while respecting the rights and feelings of others, which is why we have already have policies and on-site features in place that enable people to report abusive content. We will remove any content that violates our terms, which are designed to keep material that is hateful, threatening, incites violence or contains nudity off the service. We recognise the government’s interest in minimising the amount of abusive content that is available online and will continue to engage with the Indian authorities as they debate this important issue.”
The thing is Kapil Sibal (who is currently an acting Telecommunication minster) wants supervision of content (not censorship), but it seems that the government wants to control the free speech. Think of Anna Hazare/India Against Corruption movement, which was mainly triggered by social media [and their Facebook page was deleted (and later restored)] and pose a bigger threat to government vis-à-vis its weak competitors.
And between all this, we have moved on from core issues like CWG scam, 2G Scam, spending crores of ruppees on Ajmal Kasab etc. etc. Like we earlier said, India wants to replicate China, in its draconian rules and not the economic sustenance.
Congratulations to the government.
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