Indian govt. to take legal action against Twitter


The Indian govt. government has threatened to take legal action against social networking sites like Twitter who have refused to cooperate in the crackdown on web pages carrying inflammatory messages against Indians from the Northeast. Facebook and YouTube have already confirmed the government’s suspicion that inflammatory messages were uploaded from Pakistan. Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said that Twitter is not cooperating and legal action will be taken against all websites which do not respond. The hate messages sparked off the exodus of Indians from the Northeast from cities like Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad, according to CNN Sources say 254 websites have been blocked so far throughout the country. Meanwhile, Facebook and YouTube  have informed the government that inflammatory content uploaded on their pages has indicated that they originated from Pakistan. The government has squarely blamed the social media websites for the Northeast exodus saying they have been misused saying people need to understand the scale of destruction caused by them. “Facebook and Twitter are good platforms for exchange of ideas, but they must not be misused….every country has the right to ensure that such websites are not misused…we want companies to be responsible to the needs of our society said Communications and Information Technology Minister Sachin Pilot. He also said that the response of websites like Google and Facebook on the issue was not encouraging.(Source New Indian Express)]]>


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