The current debate of censorship which threatens to change the virtual world forever is gaining momentum with PIPA and SOPA acts. Every state, country and individual share different opinions about the Internet. In fact, the web is currently being perceived as a disease to have affected the morals of modern society. Why, is anybody’s guess.
Government of India has been planning to ban “Objectionable Content” from social networking giants like Facebook, Twitter and even Google. As reported earlier, these media giants are facing a tough time for their survival in one of the most populated and Internet-friendly countries in the world.
According to an online survey, 84% of Internet users in India accepted that Government‘s attempt of removing content from these websites is a violation of their fundamental rights. A minor 13% were in support of this act.
Advocate NK Kaul, who represents Google India against Indian government in the court of law stated,
“The issue relates to a constitutional issue of freedom of speech and expression and suppressing it was not possible as the right to freedom of speech in democratic India separates us from a totalitarian regime like China”.
Government’s decision of banning so-called ‘Anti Social’ elements and filtering information from social media platforms has been appreciated and accepted by satellite channel Al Jazeera. A post on the company’s web portal supported the idea of scanning online content.
DigiMouth Speak -
The ongoing fiasco has turned into an ugly war between people and system. Isn’t the system for the people? Can this very system burden people with their rules and regulations? Is it really necessary to ban websites offering content which has been posted by the very individuals of the society?In a world plagued with wars, hunger, diseases, financial instability and environmental issues, is it really important to lay so much emphasis on online moral policing? We’ll let you take the call on that.