Kapil Sibal demands from social media sites and other internet sites to screen user contents has not gone well people in general. In fact, Kapil Sibal hate words are trending on twitter and Facebook now. Lots of tweets, retweets and comments on twitter and facebook have come pouring in saying 'Kapil is an idiot'. Ironically, Kapil sibal has asked internet sites and social media sites to screen comments against Indian leaders, but he himself is facing bitter criticism on these social media sites.
Kafila.org has started a campaign urging people to put 'Kapil Sibal' is an idiot' as their Facebook status, use the hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal on Twitter and write a blog post with titles censorship, Internet censorship in India, Kapil Sibal and #IdiotKapilSibal.
Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal has clarified that he only wants the solution to offensive content, not censorship. But he has not been spared one bit. Some of the funniest and wittiest one-liners trending right now on twitter are@over_rated retweeted, "The next task Kapil Sibal is going to undertake is to enumerate the grammatical errors in a Chetan Bhagat 'novel.'" "Dare to think beyond Arindam Chaudhuri: Kapil Sibal," tweeted @fakingnews. @Joydas Joy wrote, "Kapil Sibal Asks Google, Facebook to Scan User Content" - "Google, Facebook asks Kapil Sibal to Scan Brains."RT @Dosabandit Hey Kapil Sibal, why this kolaveri da? Take it easy macha! Chumma don't get angry, grow up. RT @BDUTT @PankajPachauri @sardesairajdeep @rahulkanwal “@agenthunt: Kapil Sibal thinks the Internet is like NDTV and can be controlled”
It is believed that companies have told Sibal that given the volume of tweets, comments and videos, fulfilling these demands are not feasible and they cannot be responsible for determining what is and is not defamatory or disparaging. They also said the demand could be implemented only if there was a clear law.
This is not the govt's first attempt to control what is commented about Indian leaders. In April 2011, it issued rules demanding internet service providers delete information posted on websites that officials or private citizens deemed disparaging. Last year, it threatened to shut down Blackberry services in India if its manufacturer, Research In Motion, did not allow government officials greater access to users' messages.