Google’s Defamation Case In India Underscores Challenges In Ensuring Internet Freedom


India’s Supreme Court has deferred hearing of a defamation case against the local unit of Google on whether it’s liable for offensive comments posted by a user on The case has been in play for three years.

The case, originally filed by a Hyderabad-based construction company Visaka Industries, underscores growing concerns around Internet freedom in India and several grey areas in interpreting the Internet laws that could have an adverse impact on everybody from Google to Facebook and Twitter. A Google India official confirmed that the case will now be taken up after four weeks.

However, the laws in India are still unclear.

In 2009, India changed laws to hold Internet companies liable for any “offensive” content on their site. Basically, this means that the Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter can be held liable for any “offensive” comments posted by a user. Later, in December 2011…

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