A Dehli High court has told Facebook and Google that their websites will be blocked in India if objectionable content from their pages fails to be removed.
The court warned Google India and Facebook India if the companies fail to implement a system to check and remove "objectionable" material from their online pages then "Like China we will block all such websites," said Justice Suresh Kait on Thursday in a report by the Times of India.
The social networking site, Facebook, is officially blocked in China and Google withdrew its search engine from China two years ago when an agreement could not be met with Chinese authorities over censorship.
Screening every upload to Facebook and Google seems like a nearly impossible request as it would be difficult for 100% of uploads to checked especially with 110 million people in India using the internet.
"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 website. Yes, they may be defamatory, obscene but cannot be checked." said Solicitor Mukul Rohatgi for Google India.
This case follows after Communications Minister Kapil Sibal announced last month stricter policies on Internet providers who were ignoring demands to check video and data content before they are uploaded online.
India has a population of about 1.2 billion making it the world’s largest democracy with nearly 110 million being internet users. If Facebook and Google India are actually blocked, how will Indian internet users react to state censorship in a modern democratic society?