Google says no to censoring content

Google says no to censoring content
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Jun 14 2009. 05 28 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jun 14 2009. 05 28 PM IST
New Delhi: Asserting that it would not play any editorial role, global search engine Google on Sunday said it would not censor content on its network but would act swiftly to redress any complaint.
“Google does not censor... it is unlikely that we will take a proactive role (in controlling content)... Google should not play an editorial role,” Google India managing director Shailesh Rao told PTI.
But once objectionable content is found out on the site, he said “the timeline to remove objectionable content is anywhere between 10 minutes to 24 hours”.
“Anytime you are trying to push the frontier of content publishing, of mapping of geo products (like Google Earth) that will always create a lot of debate and discussions about the merits, about innovation.
Infact, it is a part of natural conversation about what is the right rule, and to what extent freedom of speech is permissible in Indian culture,” he said.
Asked if any course correction is required in the wake of the security agencies approaching the company, Rao said, “No, those are far and few between... it is amazing how much dialogue and engagement and discussions on an ongoing basis can resolve issues and misunderstandings.
“There is no significant change in policy or any significant change in our product development efforts. Google is in talks with India about sensitive sites viewable via the Google Earth service,“ Rao said.
The company has been engaged with public sector at state and Central levels and with law enforcement agencies, educators and parents on and around content publishing, content dissemination and the internet and how that should or should not work in India.
Google’s most prolific geo product ‘Google Earth´ has created much furore with Indian Government, which citing security worries, has been asking Google to reduce the detailed images of a selection of pictures.
The government had drawn up a list of places it considers sensitive, which is expected to include military bases and government buildings.
Responding to this, Google had earlier stated that it has been talking and would continue to talk to the Indian Government about any security concerns it may have regarding Google Earth.
The government is worried over detailed images of sites as nuclear power plants, official buildings and the offices of security services. Google Earth is a downloadable application that gives users access to a database of satellite photographs that have been stitched together.
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First Published: Sun, Jun 14 2009. 05 28 PM IST
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