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Content providers body IAMAI to list what is improper for Net: Govt

The government has given the task of identifying objectionable content on the Internet to industry body IAMAI, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Parliament on Friday. “Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), an association of content providers, has been mandated to prepare a list of objectionable sites, particularly pornographic websites, available on Internet. “The identified sites will then be considered for disabling,” Prasad told Rajya Sabha. At present, Indian arms of leading Internet companies occupy top ranks at IAMAI.

Google India Managing Director Rajan Anandan is the Chairman, while Facebook’s India chief Kirthiga Reddy is the Vice Chairman of the body. The Minister said there is no proposal with the government to formulate the policy to censor content on the Internet.

Prasad further said: “Government takes action, whenever sites/URL pages with objectionable contents infringing any law of the country are brought to its notice by law enforcement agencies, or when court issues direction to block any URL of websites.” The Minister had informed Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the government in November 2014 blocked 32 websites, including web-pages, on request sent by Anti-Terrorism Squad, Mumbai, which was accompanied by a court order.

The ATS had stated that the blocked websites and pages were being used for “jihadi” propaganda
and for mentoring youth in India to join ISIS and “jihadi” activities. All the websites and pages were unblocked after their owners assured of complying with law and  following consultation with the ATS.
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