We Cannot Censor the Web, says Google’s Nikesh Arora

27 Jan,2012

By A Correspondent


Technology giant Google has finally spoken out on the controversy around banning objectionable content that has led to a legal battle inIndia. In an exclusive interview to NDTV’S Shweta Rajpal Kohli from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora said: “We cannot censor the web or the ability of people to express themselves”.


He asked if the Indian government understands the enormity of what’s being asked? He said things are being done too hastily for Google’s liking, and any form of censorship will taint the growth of India’s Internet industry.


Mr Arora felt that censoring and pre-clearing everything will taint growth of Internet industry inIndiavis-a-vis rest of the world. He said that Google would welcome more dialogue before people rush to try and take action on what’s not a fully formed idea. “We would like to have a real conversation around these issues. They are not asking to censor the web inIndia; they’re asking us to censor the world wide web,” said Mr Arora. He said that Google is not comfortable being final arbiters of what’s objectionable.


“I used to proud when I used to come toIndiabecause we have a fundamental belief around democracy. Do you want to be part of a country where things don’t move fast, there are no innovations because everything is pre-checked?,” said Mr Arora.


Stating that 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute and such kind of content  impossible to pre-censor. “You cannot say I built the street corner and will be responsible for everyone who stands on the corner and has a conversation, that’s ridiculous,” was Mr Arora’s last word.


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