Google has said a Delhi High Court order from April mis-characterises Google search as a social media intermediary, and has filed an appeal to set aside this part of the ruling.
“Search engines are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Internet. And while we maintain a consistent policy over removal of objectionable content from search results, the Delhi High Court order has cast certain obligations that would wrongly classify Google search as a social media intermediary,” a Google spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the direction also requires proactively identifying and globally disabling access to any content which may be similar to the offending content, that may appear on any other websites/online platforms, or in any other context.
“We’ve filed an appeal against this part of the order and look forward to explaining the steps we take to remove objectionable content from Google search results,” they added.
News agency PTI reported that Google LLC has contended that the newly notified Information Technology rules for social media firms are not applicable to its search engine.
It has urged the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to set aside a single judge order which applied the rules on the company while dealing with an issue related to removal of offending content from the internet.
The case involved a woman’s appeal to remove…