India has vowed to crack down on offensive internet content, accusing web firms of failing to cooperate.
Communications Minister Kapil Sibal met officials from Google, Facebook and other websites on Monday.
On Tuesday he said the firms had told him they were unable to take action.
He said the government would introduce guidelines to ensure “blasphemous material” did not appear on internet. Doctored photos of the PM and Sonia Gandhi have angered the government.
“They have given it to me in writing that they will not do anything until we get an order from the court,” he said.
India has more than 100 million internet users and web companies say the large number means broad action is impossible.
Facebook said in a statement that it recognized the “government’s interest in minimizing the amount of abusive content available online”.
But, it said, there were policies in place that enabled people to report abusive content.
Facebook said it would “continue to engage with the Indian authorities as they debate this important issue”.
India has 28 million Facebook accounts.
Geez – You can’t censor content just because you think it is inappropriate! helllo!?