If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Google and Facebook - Page 2
Last month, the companies said it was not possible for them to block content. However, Google and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites today, following a court directive warning them severe restrictive action if not complied.
Though no one really thinks that India, with its democratic credentials will go to any extent its neighbour China has gone to restrict the functioning of the social web, it looks like the carrot and stick policy of the government is at last paying off.
By joining the networks, the Prime Minister and his government clearly shows that the Social web in India is here to stay and will be an integral part of the democratic environment likes the developed countries.
At the same time India has also sent the right signals, through its administration and judicial system that it is in no mood to tolerate and live with excessive and irresponsible use of the social web and will look forward to exerting the same level of control over the regular media, as a country with religious sensitivities and prone to violence.
In fairness to Dr Man Mohan Singh and his office, whose priority was to fire fight various political and other crisis over the last two years, having the fun of tweeting and posting updates like many other world leaders and millions of ordinary citizens is a reward long over due.