India Censors Google, Facebook

    In this photo taken April 9, 2010, Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google Inc. plans to buy travel technology company ITA Software Inc. in a $700 million deal that would enable the Internet search leader to steer more of the airline reservations booked on the Web. The all-cash deal announced Thursday July 1, 2010, signals Google's intention to challenge flight-comparison services that are ITA customers, including Kayak, FareCompare, Hotwire and Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Travel.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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    Google India removed content Monday on the orders of the Indian government after a court gave the search giant, as well as sites like Facebook, YouTube and Blogspot, two weeks to present plans to police their networks for “antireligious” and “antisocial” content. The case is raising censorship fears in the world’s largest democracy. The government has been furious about material insulting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi, and religious groups. Indian officials say the internet standards of the U.S. are not acceptable for a country like India.

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