Google: We cannot censor the web and screen content before publishing

Google continues to face battle in Indian courts for user generated content on their network.

The courts are asking them to censor blasphemous stuff on their networks where users are allowed to post freely.

In addition, they are also being asked to screen every piece of content before it is published only.

Google: We cannot censor the web and screen content before publishing

Screening content is of course not logistically possible looking at the number of people who are active on various social networks.

And Google has clearly said that they are not going to censor the web. The company pretty much shut down their operations in China because of censorship reasons and India is not going to get any special treatments.

Google spoke on this topic:

We cannot censor the Web. We cannot censor the ability of people to express themselves around the world.

You are asking not just censor the Web in India, you are asking to censor the entire world wide web. The Web has no borders.

I think the idea of censoring everything and pre- clearing everything is going to fundamentally, sort of, taint the growth of the Indian economy in India and vis-a-vis the world.

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