A court in Delhi on Saturday ordered 22 Internet companies, including Google and Facebook, to remove certain “anti-religious” and “anti-social” content, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
India has been concerned recently about online content that it considers objectionable, with the country’s Minister for Communications and IT, Kapil Sibal, calling on Internet companies to develop a framework to ensure that such content does not appear online. The government’s critics however hold that it wants to censor online content critical of India’s politicians.
The companies have until February 6 to report compliance to the court, detailing what action they have taken to remove the objectionable and derogatory content from the websites, PTI said. The judge was acting on a private complaint.