The Delhi High Court will continue with the hearing against the 21 websites, who have been accused of allegedly hosting objectionable content in May, but it did offer Google India and Facebook India a concession. Both Google and Facebook can now choose to make their court appearances by the way of their lawyers, and not their representatives, necessarily before the magistrate. The court, however, has granted this concession to only Google India and Facebook India, and not the remaining 19 websites, confirms a report in the Indian Express. The representatives of the remaining 19 websites will have to make appearances before the magistrate, each time a hearing a scheduled. Alongwith postponing the next scheduled hearing to May, the court also decided that in the meanwhile the criminal proceedings against the websites would continue, and subsequently refused to implement a stay order.
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This comes in as an update to an ongoing lawsuit between 21 social networking websites operating in the country and the government. The case first began when the government took a disliking to the nature of the content posted on the websites, following a complaint. The websites, since are being asked to strip their webisites off such content, and in future pre-screen content before it went up on the site. The list of the websites that have been accused, include Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, among others. The case has been grabbing eyeballs not only in India, but internationally, as well. While websites like Facebook and Google, have okayed the order and have deleted several pages of objectionable content, there are others who are yet to comply.