A few days back, Mr. Kapil Sibal, who currently is honourable Telecommunication Minister of India, was engaged in a controversy over content regulation online for websites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter etc.
In reply to his plea, Facebook has officially issued statement to the Indian Government with respect to the issue of screening content manually before actually making any of such content go live on their website.
According to Facebook, “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.”
In the whole story relating to the issue, the crux of the point is that Kapil Sibal wants to take the freedom of speech and expression from the people of India. The honourable minister, Kapil Sibal does not want to see any comment or post against him or his party, Indian National Congress, from the people.
It should be noted that India is a free country and every citizen of the country enjoyed the freedom of speech. He is free to express his own opinion. All this fuss proves the power of social media. Today, the social media is so powerful that it could help start a whole new movement without the help of any other media.
Google also responded to the Government and said that it complies with all the rules and regulations of the land and it would not remove any content from its website just because it is of controversial nature.
Let us see where the whole story goes on from here.