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Omar against web censorship

Last Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 00:43

Kolkata: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today came out in support of internet giants
like Google and Facebook saying it was impossible to censor
everything on the web.

"I don`t agree with this whole thing about Google and
Facebook being called to censor everything. I think it`s not
possible. I think internet is too far away from us to expect
to censor it," Abdullah said.
Pointing out that he is a victim of "mindless abuse" by
anonymous people on his Twitter account, he advocated
self-regulation in the social media.

The Chief Minister was participating in a discussion at
the Kolkata Literary Meet.
"Some amount of self-regulation is needed in the social
media where you get the worst kind of abuses by anonymous
people," said the National Conference leader.

Google and Facebook are among 21 companies whose
executives have been summoned to appear in person at a court
in Delhi on March 13 for hosting allegedly obscene and
objectionable content.

Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil
Sibal had last month urged social network companies to remove
offencive material from their sites.


First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 00:43

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