Court asks social media websites to scrap derogatory content by Feb 6

New Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday ordered websites like Facebook, Google and Yahoo to remove all “derogatory” content from their sites by Feb 6.

The court ordered all the websites to file a compliance report by Feb 6, stating they have removed the derogatory content from their sites.

If they fail, the websites will face contempt charges, the court said.

Administrative civil judge Mukesh Kumar passed the order on a petition of Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, who objected to images hurting religious sentiments posted on these websites.

The court said on Tuesday: “The defendants are directed to remove the (offending) photographs from their social networking sites.”

The court ruling came after Qasmi produced some pictures which the court said had “content of defamation and derogation against the sentiments of every community”.

In a similar matter, another court, of Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, had on Friday issued summons to 21 websites, including social networking site Facebook, search engine Google, Yahoo and video sharing website YouTube for allegedly hosting obscene and derogatory content.

The magistrate had observed that the material submitted by the complainant contained obscene pictures and derogatory articles pertaining to various Hindu gods, Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Christ.

The magistrate had directed the central government to take immediate appropriate steps on the objectionable contents of the sites, and file its report by Jan 13.

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