The content filtering row heats up again – A Delhi High Court Judge sent a stern warning to Social Networking site Facebook & Google to ensure checks on Objectionable material uploaded to their websites by users.
Justice Suresh Kait told both the company representatives that – “Like China, we will block all such websites” if they are unable to keep a check and remove offensive and objectionable content from their website. Very recently, similar remarks by Indian Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal had created a big uproar in media and blogging world.
In my opinion, I think there is no straight solution for this situation – These kind of “objectionable & offensive” content are going to keep popping up. And, at the same time, I do not think Google or Facebook can (at least currently) completely control such content (not because they don’t want to, but because of tech limitations).
Even representatives from Google clearly mentioned that postings of "obscene, objectionable and defamatory" articles and other things cannot be filtered or monitored. "No human interference is possible, and moreover, it can’t be feasible to check such incidents. Billions of people across the globe, post their articles on the website. Yes, they may be defamatory, obscene but cannot be checked"
However, the biggest question is – Whether Google or Facebook should be responsible for such offensive or derogatory content appearing on their website? The reason being, they are actually not the ones who create or publish it – But its their users who do it.
And, in most cases, when the websites are informed about such content, they do remove it case by case basis – But automatic filtering is just impossible.
According to me both of them are right on their part, even from Government’s perspective, such content can be very damaging and they will do everything in their power to stop it from happening.
What do you think – Do you see a solution for this problem?