Summary Box: India wants sites to screen content

CENSORING CONTENT: India’s top telecommunications official says Internet companies such as Facebook and Google have ignored his demands to screen derogatory material from their sites, so the government would have to act on its own.

WHAT PROMPTED THIS: Government officials are upset about Web pages that are insulting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and major religious figures.

COMPANY RESPONSES: Facebook says it will continue engaging with Indian authorities, while Google says it removes content that violates local law and its own standards ? but not when it is legal and complaint with company policies.