Minister said: No censorship on social media in India

India’s communications minister said Tuesday that the country doesn’t intend to censor social networking websites but will ensure that these sites adhere to local laws.

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“We have no intention to censor anybody, but we must make sure they will obey the law of this country,” Kapil Sibal, also the minister for information technology, told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event.

Mr. Sibal had earlier attracted the ire of free-speech advocates in India recently over attempts to censor social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

India’s communications ministry last month sanctioned prosecution of Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook and 17 other companies over a complaint that their websites carry “unacceptable” content that could incite communal violence.

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