Google, Microsoft, WhatsApp and Facebook have been fined a sum of Rs. 1 lakh (USD $1,471) by the Indian supreme court after failing to reply to the government on the steps being taken by them to block sexual content on their sites.
Last year in November, a submission was filed against Facebook and Google in the supreme court for refusing to remove a page featuring images of children taken in public under which users posted graphic descriptions of sexual abuse for more than a year.
The court has further asked the social media giants to file an affidavit before June 15 charting the steps being taken by them to tackle such videos and has asked its registry to keep the amount in a fixed deposit for a short term.
The supreme court bench headed by Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit said: “In our order dated April 16, we had required the parties before us, that is Yahoo, Facebook Ireland, Facebook India, Google India, Google, Microsoft and WhatsApp to let us know the status of progress made pursuant to the recommendations accepted by these entities as mentioned in the report of the committee.
“None of these entities has filed anything to show us the progress nor any of these entities is ready with any response pursuant to our aforesaid order."
Its a big drawback for Facebook as India has Facebook's largest share of users in Asia Pacific. Google recently removed over 8m spam or pornographic videos from YouTube in 2017 over a three month period.