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Google express inability on censoring the web

New Delhi, Fri, 27 Jan 2012 NI Wire

Google Inc. the giant internet company, which is facing the legal battle in India over allowing to access the objectionable and obscene content on internet in India Thursday cleared its stand about censoring the web.

In an interview with an Indian Television Channel, Google's chief business officer Nikesh Arora said that it was not possible to censor the web nor to monitor all the contents uploaded daily on the web.

"We cannot censor the Web. We cannot censor the ability of people to express themselves around the world. You are asking not just censor the Web in India, you are asking to censor the entire world wide web. The Web has no borders."

He was speaking on the sideline of on the sideline of World Economic Forum.

Nikesh made it clear, whatever on the social networking site is the freedom of expression of the people and we cannot censor it.

"I'm hoping there will be a balanced debate around it and eventually the right thing would happen."

"The idea of censoring everything and pre-clearing everything is going to fundamentally, sort of, taint the growth of the Indian economy in India and vis-a-vis the world," he added.

The 21 social networking sites in India including Google and Facebook are facing the legal trial of allegedly hosting obscene and objectionable content in the lower court of Delhi.

In this regard, the companies have challenged summon in high court. The next hearing schedule is on 02 February.

India on the other hand had also cleared that it was not going to ban the website like China did.

"We don't want to get into the business of censoring any media-we can't do it, and we don't want to," said Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora in a blog.

"No one is saying we're going to shut any of these companies down," he wrote.

"We have to ensure the law gives someone recourse," said Deora making it clear that the government was only trying to ensure Indians would seek to remove Web content deemed to run afoul of Indian laws governing defamation, obscenity or other types of objectionable material.

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