Google, Facebook remove content on India’s order

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Google India has reportedly removed content deemed offensive to Indian political and religious leaders to comply with a court case that has raised censorship fears in the world’s largest democracy.

Press Trust of India says that Facebook, Google and 20 other sites were given two weeks to present further plans for policing their networks for photographs, videos or text deemed “anti-religious” or “anti-social.”

The case highlights the difficulty India faces in balancing conservative religious and political sentiments with its hope that freewheeling Internet discourse and technology will help spur the economy.

The government says U.S. Internet standards are unacceptable for the more than 100 million Internet users in the country.