Google Censors Content In India
Google is in hot waters again. This time it’s in India where the search giant has been ordered by an Indian Court to remove images from its search results that are deemed offensive to Muslims. Google had fought long and hard for its right to display the images, but in the end, Indian sensibilities and the rule of law prevailed.
Google isn’t the only big-name tech company caught up in the legal wrangling. Apparently Facebook and Yahoo are both named, but so far neither has indicated their willingness to comply with the order. According to Yahoo and Facebook, the actions of its users cannot effectively be policed given the sheer numbers each has on their respective platforms.
While Yahoo and Facebook are clearly not willing to work with local courts to stem the flow of images deemed offensive to Muslims, Google is showing that as corporate entity, it is willing to exercise care and lead responsibly. No sooner than Google started to censor the images, a statement was released explaining the decision to comply with the court order. According to the statement, “This step is in accordance with Google’s long-standing policy of responding to court orders.”
It will be interesting to see if the courts start levying fines on recalcitrant tech companies like Yahoo and Facebook.
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