Google says Search 'wrongly classified' as a social media intermediary, files an appeal in Delhi High Court
The single judge order on April 20 came in a case where a woman's images were uploaded on a pornographic website and despite court orders, the objectionable content could not be removed in entirety from the internet.
A Google spokesperson told IANS that Search engines are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the internet.
"While we maintain a consistent policy over removal of objectionable content from search results, the Delhi High Court order has cast certain obligations that would wrongly classify Google search as a social media intermediary," a Google spokesperson told IANS.
"We've filed an appeal against this part of the order and look forward to explaining the steps we take to remove objectionable content from Google search results," the company spokesperson added.
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The Google spokesperson said that the "direction also requires proactively identifying and globally disabling access to any content which may be similar to the offending content, that may appear on any other websites/online platforms, or in any other context".
The new rules notified in the gazette of India on February 25 under the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules, 2021, came into effect from May 26.
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