Pre censorship of Social Media-Debate and facts
New Delhi, Dec 6: Telecom minister Kapil sibal asked The social websites like Google and Facebook, to ensure that uploading of derogatory material is stopped. This was the outcome as a controversy raged over monitoring offensive content on internet platforms.
Maintaining that the government does not want to interfere with the press, he said if the social networking sites are not willing to cooperate with the government on stopping incendiary material “then it is the duty of the government to think of steps that we need.” “This government does not believe in sensation and does not believe either directly or indirectly interefering in the freedom of the press. We have demonstrated that time and again,” he said.
Sibal cited an example of a religious place that turned out to be a pornographic site, and told them such content played with religious sentiments, the sources said.
A number of retweets and comments on Twitter came pouring in on the demand made by him saying “Kapil Sibal is an Idiot”.
Kafila.org has started a campaign asking people to write ‘Kapil Sibal’ is an idiot’ on their Facebook status message, to use the hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal on Twitter and write a blog post with titles censorship, Internet censorship in India, Kapil Sibal and It is so common to hear people going on and on and on about how somebody famous and/or powerful is a complete idiot for doing something. They don’t understand how someone can be so totally bone-headed.
Here are latest interesting Twitter Responses.
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If you find yourself ever thinking like this (and I think this happens to all of us once in a while), stop and consider this question:
If that guy is such an idiot, and you can clearly see his faults, how come you are poor and unknown and that person is rich and famous?
Take, for example, the case of Kapil Sibal asking Google, Facebook, and co. to actively screen and filter all content before it is uploaded on their sites. Yes, on the face of it, it does seem rather an idiotic thing to say. However, my dear reader, I am willing to bet that Kapil Sibal is much smarter than you and me combined. He is a lawyer, he was the Solicitor-General of India, he had cleared the IAS exam (which is ridiculously difficult), and he has beaten Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thiin an election. So the best you and I can say is that we don’t really understand why Kapil Sibal is making such statements. There could be any number of reasons that you’ll never know. Maybe this is a move designed to win over rural voters. Maybe this is just a public stunt to soften up Google, Facebook for a backroom deal later on at terms very favorable to the Congress party. Maybe this is a way to make sure that Google, Facebook are very co-operative and pliable when police (or other government bodies) approach them with requests for private data.
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