A local court has ordered at least 22 social media websites, including U.S.-based companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo, to delete “inflammatory” images of religious figures from their portals, and also summoned their India heads to appear before it in this regard, a media report said Thursday.
“Contents which are uploaded by some miscreants through these social media sites are highly unacceptable and are inflammatory and derogatory which cannot be accepted by any religion,” civil judge Mukesh Kumar ordered, while summoning the India heads of 22 websites on December 24.
The court’s order came in the wake of a petition filed by former spokesperson of the Muslim organization, Darul-Ul Uloom, and founder of FatwaOnline.org, Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi.
Besides, India heads of companies, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, discussion forums such as Topix, Exbii, Boardreader have been made a party by the plaintiff, the newspaper said.
On a similar issue, talks between the Indian government and the Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo had failed earlier this month, as they declined to pre-screen or remove content which is legal but controversial.