India cracks down on Internet after communal violence

India pressed social media websites including Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday to remove “inflammatory” content it said helped spread rumours that caused an exodus of migrants from some Indian cities last week.The government said in a statement it had already blocked access to 245 web pages it said contained doctored videos and images, and the telecommunications secretary, R Chandrashekhar, threatened legal action against the websites if they did not fully comply with the requests to take down the offending pages. see:Internet Analysts Question India’s Efforts to Stem Panic
The Indian government’s efforts to stem a weeklong panic among some ethnic minorities has again put it at odds with Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.Officials in New Delhi, who have had disagreements with the companies over restrictions on free speech, say the sites are not responding quickly enough to their requests to delete and trace the origins of doctored photos and incendiary posts aimed at people from northeastern India. After receiving threats online and on their phones, tens of thousands of students and migrants from the northeast have left cities like Bangalore, Pune and Chennai in the last week. blocks several sites amid northeast exodus crisis
Government moves to block over 250 sites said to contain content doctored to incite Muslim retaliation on people originating from India’s northeast, which spurred frenzied exodus of the latter. seeks U.S., Saudi help to identify cyberspace offenders
Indian government is seeking help from the United States and Saudi Arabia governments to identify those who put on cyberspace doctored images that led to the exodus of the country’s Northeast people from various Indian cities, reported local daily Hindustan Times on Wednesday.The Home Ministry of India is also exploring legal action against social media platforms that haven’t complied with its directives to block access to the offensive webpages, according to the newspaper.

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