A Delhi court today dismissed the plea of Facebook India for dropping its name from a suit against it and other social networking websites for allegedly hosting objectionable contents.
Facebook had argued that its Indian set-up does not host any content, and merely provides technical support to the parent company, based in the US.
At today’s hearing, a local court said prima facie there is enough evidence to implead Facebook in the matter.
The lawsuit was filed in December by a Delhi resident named, Mufti Aizaz Arshad Kazmi. He had shown the court offensive religious cartoons and obscene morphed photos of politicians and deities. Nearly 20 internet companies including Yahoo, Facebook and Google were accused of allowing the posting of “anti-religious” and “anti-social” content that could provoke communal tension. The next hearing is scheduled for June 4.