Google, Facebook and Microsoft still facing legal trouble over content

Google, Facebook and Microsoft still facing legal trouble over content

Summary: As part of the on going case against the tech companies, the Ministry of External Affairs will issue summons to US offices of the accused.


Through 2011 and 2012, the Indian courts and politics have kept the lawyers of popular tech companies like Facebook, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft pretty busy. As it turns out, the beginning of 2013 is no different. A quick recap of things so far:

The new rounds of summons is part of the ongoing case since 2011 and was issued based on comments by Facebook India's counsel. According to the report by Business Today, Facebook India argued that the companies listed in the initial complaint are based out of India and as such they should be sent notices. He further pointed out that Facebook's chairman (Mark Zuckerberg), one of the accused, lives in California and should be summoned through official channels.

Google India's defense made the same argument stating that the summons against Orkut, Google & YouTube were mistakenly served at their premises. 

The complaintant's lawyer said that he would ask the Ministry of External Affairs to delvier the summons. Based on this the court directed the accused to present themselves in person in March. Not surprisingly, the whole matter is a quite complicated. The defense wanted the hearings in the Delhi Court to be adjourned since the matter is also being heard in the High Court. 

Curbing social media websites is being seriously discussed by politicians and bureaucrats for several reasons. India is a diverse country and given the vote-bank politics in the country and social media's ability to connect with the world, it can be dangerous. The particular case against the several tech companies will continue in several courts and will be of little concern if the government passes laws to curb the websites. 

The companies have been accused of some serious charges such as undermining national integrity and promoting class enmity.

Topic: India

Manan Kakkar

About Manan Kakkar

Telecommunication engineer with a keen interest in end-user technology and a News junkie, I share my thoughts while preparing for my Master's in Information Management.

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  • I doubt Zuckerberg is going to fly to India

    Zuckerberg: Hey guys I'm kinda busy, can I just hop on GoToMeeting instead for this?

    I have no clue about Indian law, but this sounds like some typical bureaucrats making up some BS charges. And if they are possibly criminal charges forget it, no way I would fly out there. If their govt wants to deny free speech to social media, then they can put up their own Great Firewall of China and block the sites.
  • Politicians want to show their power

    In India it is politicians v/s people scenario. Digital technology provided power to people and they started using against their politicians who have no interest in acting for their country. They are deep into corruption and would like to control any kind of media or movement like they did 10-20 years ago.

    At the moment these technologies are managed outside India and hence they have no leverage over them. Hence they would like to use or create laws which allow them to flex their muscle and bend these companies in turn manipulate people.
  • Supression of Social Media

    Government of India , Esp. the Congress Govt. wants banning of the medias that connects ppl and exposes the follies , scams & crimes of the congress party , It is inviting revolution