Google Deletes Material from Searches, YouTube After Indian Court Ruling

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) pulled content judged to be offensive by a New Delhi district court after the company was hit with a civil lawsuit over the matter, reported Bloomberg.

The court ordered the material be deleted from India search results, Blogger, YouTube and the social-networking site Orkut, according to Google India spokesman Gaurav Bhaskar. Bhaskar said the content was removed from domains .in and .co.in, but can still be accessed from other countries, according to the report. Google can’t remove content from websites owned by other parties, he added.

India is becoming stricter about Internet content and mobile communications in an effort to get rid of comments that could exacerbate problems between the country’s Hindu majority and its more than 138 million Muslims.

“We believe that access to information is the foundation of a free and prosperous society,” Google said in a statement. “Where content is illegal or breaks our terms of service, we will continue to remove it.” No details were given about the lawsuit or the content in question.

Google and Facebook Inc. are disputing a separate, criminal complaint about offensive content in the Delhi High Court. The next hearings are scheduled for February 14 and 15.

Here’s how shares of Google closed:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $609.85, up $3.08, or 0.51%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 1,835,626 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,041,260 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 20.49, while trailing earnings are $29.76 per share.