Indian Court Summons Heads of Facebook, Google, Other Social Media Websites

On Wednesday, a trial court in India summoned the heads of 22 social media websites including Facebook, Google and Yahoo! to appear.

The court further asked the companies to take down all "inflammatory" images of religious figures or symbols from their respective sites.

This decision came after a petition was filed by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi - a former spokesman of the Darul Ul Uloom at Deoband. Arshad also happens to be the founder of the Islamic website, FatwaOnline.org.

The judge in charge of the case, Mukesh Kumar summoned the heads of the all 22 websites to appear before the Rohini Court on December 24.

"Contents which are uploaded by some miscreants through these social media sites are highly unacceptable and are per inflammatory and derogatory which cannot be accepted by any religion," said Judge Mukesh Kumar during the hearing, according to a report by the Times of India.

Arshad stated he would be meeting the Communication and IT minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday to discuss the issue further.