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Microsoft off the hook in India censorship case

Microsoft off the hook in India censorship case

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a criminal case against Microsoft India, accused of hosting “objectionable” content on its web pages.

Microsoft was among 21 web firms, including Facebook and Yahoo, accused of hosting material that could cause communal unrest.

In its defence the company said it dealt only with computer software.

The judge said journalist Vinay Rai, who filed the case, can refile if he finds any credible evidence later.

Microsoft’s counsel told the court that no defamatory material was posted on its web sites as it was not a platform for people to interact with each other, reported the Press Trust of India news agency.

The company is involved in the development and sale of software and computing solutions, the counsel said.

Judges in India had threatened to block sites that fail to crack down on offensive content.

Last month, Facebook and Google said they had complied with a court directive and removed “objectionable” material.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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