Church groups take Google, Facebook to court

November 30, 2012 by  
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The complainants allege that “there are several malicious contents with intent to defame and destroy their reputation.”

Delhi High CourtNew Delhi, November 28, 2012: The Delhi High Court has sought replies from Facebook and Google on a plea filed by two Christian groups, who wanted to remove defamatory articles appeared in three social media sites.

Justice Valmiki Mehta issued notices to Google India Pvt Ltd, its subsidiaries —You Tube and Blogger— and to Facebook on a petition filed by Gospel for Asia, a city-based NGO, and Believers Church.

The court has asked them to reply by January 7.

The complainants allege that “there are several malicious contents with intent to defame and destroy the reputation of the entire organization (church) including its founder Metropolitan Bishop K. P. Yohannan and Fr. Daniel Varghese, Diocesan Secretary of the church.”

“Certain persons with vested interests are continuously trying to malign the reputation of the organization by uploading defamatory content on the internet. The Google and other intermediaries are liable to restrict these contents,” they said.

The plea claimed that their church was serving in more than 13 countries, reaching out to hundreds of thousands of poor and downtrodden people and working at improving their standard of living.

It also cited statements of former presidents, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil, appreciating the work of the Church.

– indian express

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