13 Jan '12, 11am

Delhi High Court warns Web giants about China-style controls

By Frank Jack Daniel and Arup Roychoudhury NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Internet giants including Google and Facebook are embroiled in a growing battle in India over offensive content with a judge warning websites may be blocked "like in China", stoking worries about freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy. The Delhi High Court resumes a hearing on Monday of an appeal by Google (GOOG.O), Facebook and others against a lower court case by a private petitioner seeking to remove images considered offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians from websites. "The lower court gave a ruling asking the companies to take down some content, we appealed that ruling and it is in the higher court," said a Google spokesman in India on Friday. A law passed last year in India makes companies responsible for user content posted on their websites, requiring them to take it down within 36 h...

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