Technology

Sibal denies ban even as Govt clears prosecution of social networking sites by courts

NEW DELHI: Even as the Government cleared the ground for prosecution of social networking sites like Facebook for permitting objectionable content, Communication and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today said there was no plan to ban any sites or curb their freedom.


Speaking at Allahabad, the Minister said the case in the courts only related to obscene or communally dangerous matter on the websites.


Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has listed for 16 January an appeal by the sites against notices issued by a trial court.


This is understood to have been stated in a reply filed by the Communications and Information Technology Ministry in the trial court where a case against the websites is pending.


In December, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had also urged Facebook, Twitter, Google and others to remove offensive material, though he had said they could not be banned.


Earlier Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo India had sought exemption from a Delhi court as the matter is still pending before the High Court.


The trial court had issued summons to the various foreign-based social networking sites to face criminal charges for allegedly hosting objectionable contents and directed them to appear before it on 13 March.


It asked the Ministry of External Affairs to get the summons served on these companies. "Let the process (to serve the summons) on (foreign- based) accused be sent through the MEA as per the process," Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar said.


The court direction came after the counsel, appearing for Facebook India, said over 10 out of 21 companies named as accused in the case were foreign-based and that the court would have to issue process to serve the summons on them.


The court was hearing a private complaint filed by journalist Vinay Rai against these firms for allegedly web-casting objectionable contents.


The court listed the matter for further hearing on 13 March and directed the accused to appear in person before it on the next date.


Advocate Shashi Tripathi, appearing for the complainant, committed to providing a fresh list of the addresses of the various foreign-based sites for the serving of the summons through the External Affairs Ministry.


During the hearing, Facebook India counsel Siddharth Luthra said that one of the accused, who is chairman of the Facebook, is based in California in the US and the court would have to direct the MEA for serving summons on him.


The counsel for Google India also asked the court to adjourn the matter today. He said that summons issued to accused companies Orkut, Youtube and Blogspot have been mistakenly served at their premises in India.


The court, which had earlier directed the Centre to take "immediate appropriate steps" in this regard, was told by the counsel for Communication and Information Technology Ministry a report would be filed soon.


The court had on 23 December last issued summons to them, which had led to some of them moving the High Court. The summons to the foreign firms had not been served.


The magistrate‘s December 23 order had come three days after another court in a civil case had restrained these sites including Facebook, Google and Youtube from webcasting any "anti-religious" or "anti-social" content promoting hatred or communal disharmony.


The magistrate had said, "It appears from a bare perusal of the documents that prima facie the accused in connivance with each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content".

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/23/Bruce%20Chatterley_1.jpg?itok=cyBeUOOm
Senet-SenRa tieup to help CSPs & MSOs for India IoT opportunities

MUMBAI: Senet, the first and fastest growing provider of secure, public, low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) and Managed Network Services for Internet of Things (IoT) applications supporting the LoRaWAN™ protocol, has announced that it has partnered with SenRa Tech Pvt. Ltd., a Low-Power Wide-...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/22/Virtual%20Reality.jpg?itok=0WLy4HcD
Virtual screens to start replacing TVs & theaters in a year, consumers expect: Ericsson

MUMBAI: Ericsson ConsumerLab has reported that seven out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail. Consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing televisions and...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/16/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=jLZTMoKT
TV & mobile electronics: Domestic prod leaves $ 300bn gap for import

NEW DELHI: The demand of electronic products in India is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41 per cent during 2017-2020 to reach $ 400 billion by 2020, but the government has to help domestic production.

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/15/Anurag%20Dixit.jpg?itok=nEZIRFpy
Principals discuss 'emotional wellbeing' through Teno App

MUMBAI: Teno App, India’s leading free-to-use mobile app for schools, is organizing a panel discussion where reputed educationists will deliberate on the role of educators in promoting emotional wellbeing amongst school students. This panel discussion will also be the first initiative as part of...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/13/Suneet%20Singh%20Tuli-800x800.jpg?itok=AzASKx-S
India uses low-cost Net-enabled devices, Datawind leads: CMR

NEW DELHI: Low rate providers of Internet and tablets DataWind Inc. has claimed the top slot with 34.2 per cent market share in 1Q’ CY 2017, followed by IBall and Samsung at 16.3 per cent and 14.7 per cent, respectively.

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/12/stb.jpg?itok=iK2P5qOy
GST on set-top boxes & optic fibre down to 18%

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) for set top boxes has been reduced to 18% from the previously announced 28%.

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/12/Esri%20India.jpg?itok=80wUDzHT
Yoga-Day App by Esri India

MUMBAI: Ahead of the International Yoga Day, Esri India, country's leading Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions provider, has announced the availability of an app to help yoga enthusiasts locate a Yoga Centre and join the International Yoga Day celebrations on 21 June. This...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/10/Pranab_Mukherjee-selfie-daughter.jpg?itok=W6ck33B4
Govt launches 'selfie with daughter' mobile app

NEW DELHI: A new mobile app to shoot ‘Selfie with Daughter’, carrying forward a message given by the prime minister Narendra Modi in one of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcasts on All India Radio, was launched in the capital by the president Pranab Mukherjee.

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/09/tcs.jpg?itok=USNopNbu
TCS launches BaNCS app development kit

Digital tech is empowering businesses to get things done interactively and instantaneously. It is increasingly becoming critical for financial institutions to have architectures that will enable continuous availability of data, systems, applications and business processes.

Technology Software Applications

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories