India Court Rejects Facebook Unit's Plea To Be Dropped In Content Case - Report
05/30/2012| 08:10am US/Eastern
An Indian court has rejected a plea by the Indian unit of Facebook (FB) to drop its name from a civil suit, the Press Trust of India news agency reported Wednesday.
The suit was filed by one Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi in a Delhi court, alleging that 22 companies including Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. hosted objectionable content on their websites.
The case, along with an ongoing criminal case for similar content violations, comes as India is pushing to force major Internet players into filtering out objectionable content, including religiously sensitive images.
Administrative Civil Judge Praveen Singh dismissed a plea by Facebook India Pvt. Ltd. and posted the matter for next hearing on June 4, the report said.
The report said Facebook India argued that it isn't responsible for the content appearing on the popular social networking website and doesn't control the U.S.-based computer networks that host the website. Facebook India also argued that it provides only technical support and services to its U.S. parent, the report said.
The court had earlier dropped the Indian units of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Corp. from the suit, while holding their parent companies liable for legal action.
The petitioner, Qasmi, and Facebook weren't immediately reachable for comments.
A criminal case in a separate court will be next heard June 8.
News agency website: http://ptinews.com
-By New Delhi Bureau, Dow Jones Newswires; 91 11 4356 3300; firstname.lastname@example.org