Delhi High Court today warned social networking site Facebook India and search engine Google India that the web sites can be “blocked” like in China if they fail to devise a mechanism to check and remove objectionable material from their web pages.
“You (the web sites) must have a stringent check. Otherwise, like in China, we may pass orders banning all such web sites,” observed Justice Suresh Kait.
“You must have a mechanism to develop a check and remove such offending articles while simultaneously taking action against the person who is the author of such articles,” he added.
The court was hearing petitions filed by the web sites against the summons issued by a Delhi magistrate over alleged objectionable content.
Appearing for Google India, former Additional Solicitor General Mukul Rohatgi said the postings of “obscene, objectionable and defamatory” articles cannot be “filtered” or “monitored”. “No human interference is possible, and moreover, it can’t be feasible to check such incidents. Billions of people across the globe post their articles on the web site.”