India reaffirms Google immunity after 2009 defamatory content is not liable

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Upi) — India’s Supreme Court ruled that Alphabet’s Google was not responsible for defamatory content posted on its platform after 2009, reaffirming the immunity of Internet companies in the world’s second-most populous country, according tomedia reports.

India reaffirms Google immunity after 2009 defamatory content is not liable

The ruling reaffirms a 2015 ruling that is a relief for social media companies, online retailers and service providers, which face increasingly stringent regulatory measures from the Indian government that have previously required companies to regulate online content. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to set rules governing social media platforms and a data privacy law that seeks to impose large fines on businesses in the event of irregularities.

However, India’s Supreme Court also ruled that Google would have to face defamation charges in a case brought before 2009. In 2009, India amended the country’s information technology law to provide immunity on online social media services from content posted by third parties. The platform will not delete content until the court orders it.

The case began in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where Visakha Industries Ltd., a local building materials company, sued Google over a blog post on Google’s platform opposing the use and manufacture of asbestos cement slabs. Google appealed to India’s Supreme Court after the state Supreme Court ruled against Google. However, Google will still face defamation charges because the case was filed before the 2009 amendment.

Google insisted that the article was neither googled nor agreed, saying it was just a platform provider.

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