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Kapil Sibal under attack in cyberspace


PTI | New Delhi, December 7, 2011 17:52
Tags : telecom minister | kapil sibal | social networking | twitter | shobhaa de |

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday came under a fresh wave of attack on government's move to monitor content on social networking sites with more netizens reacting strongly to it.
Noted personalities like member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Shobhaa De and Shekhar Kapur joined others in expressing their displeasure over Sibal's statement on Tuesday on moves to eliminate offensive content from Internet platforms.
They said the government cannot be a censor of thought and freedom of expression cannot be curbed. Hashtags Kapilsibal and Censorship were the hot trending topics on Twitter.
Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on popular micro-blogging site Twitter, "Can u imagine some bureaucrat in Dept of Telecom being tasked with approving content on internet, of deciding appropriate n inappropriate."
Expressing his disapproval, stockbroker Rakesh Jhunjhunwala tweeted "Don't think Sibal even understands the Internet. This happens when you make a lawyer an IT Minister. Like hiring Mayawati for an item song."
Prominent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur agreed. He said in his tweet, "Every individual is a potential broadcaster n influencer on social media. that scares d gatekeepers of d world including govts."
Author and socialite Shobhaa De tweeted "Sibal saab, such outrage 2 protect privacy of one 'Madam' in a country of 100 million internet users? We like our freedom and we shall have it!"

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