Facebook, Google, Yahoo and YouTube get court notice for 'objectionable' content

New Delhi: Days after a civil court
asked various websites to remove objectionable content, a Delhi court
Friday issued summons to 21 websites and social networking sites
including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and YouTube for allegedly hosting
obscene and derogatory content.

Taking cognizance of the case on
a private criminal complaint filed by journalist Vinay Rai,
Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar observed that the material
submitted by the complainant contained obscene picture and derogatory
articles pertaining to various Hindu gods, Prophet Mohammad and Jesus

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

“It appears from a bare perusal
of the documents that prima facie the accused are selling, publicly
exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content
which also appears to the prurient interests and tends to deprave and
corrupt the persons who are likely to read, see or hear the same,” the
court said.

“It is also evident that such contents are
continuously openly and freely available to everyone who is using the
said network irrespective of their age and even the persons under the
age of 18 years have full and uncensored access to such obscene
contents,” it said.

The magistrate has summoned the accused
companies to face trial for allegedly committing the offence punishable
under section 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of obscene
objects to young person etc) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On Monday, a civil court of Delhi had ordered these sites to remove objectionable images.

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