The government has sanctioned prosecution of 21 IT companies, including giants Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo on grounds that material carried on their webpages violates provisions of Indian law, promotes enmity between classes and constitutes a threat to national integration. If convicted, executives of these companies could face imprisonment and fines. The Judge hearing the case has said these sites could also be blocked.
Is the increased focus on content carried by Social Networking and other sites an attempt to clean up the lawless Internet or is it an attempt to censor free speech?
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