Facebook, Google and YouTube to be forced to set up servers in...

Facebook, Google and YouTube to be forced to set up servers in India?

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On April 20, 2012, the UPA government indicated an urge to regulate and remove India-specific, abusive, provocative and communal content on Facebook, Google and YouTube to Jane Holl Lute, the visiting deputy secretary for homeland security. The Indian team lead by R K Singh said that inaction on the part of the US can lead to force New Delhi to pressurise the service providers to have servers based in the country.

Critical issues like home grown terror, megacity policing, megacity, capacity building and fake currency racket were discussed by Lute and Singh. The discussion was a part of the ongoing homeland security dialogue.

Lute recognised the Indian concerns. A course for three days is being organized in Washington with the US Secretive Service so as to help the Indian police to tackle the fake currency racket in the country.

Singh even expressed concerns over the objectionable content on the websites and also wanted a real-time action from the companies based in the US. The home ministry officials have also said that the US homeland security department institute must incorporate a procedure which removes the malafied content within a specific time period. Singh told that if the US operating procedures are not in place then New Delhi might have to force the service providers to set up servers in India.