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Arrests over Facebook comment sparks social media uproar in India

Arrests over Facebook comment sparks social media uproar in India

Updated 21 November 2012, 15:20 AEDT

In India, the arrest of two women over a Facebook comment criticising the shutdown of Mumbai city due to the the death of controversial politician Bal Thackeray has sparked off widespread anger in the country .

This is the latest in a series of controversial arrests over social media use in India recently.

Last month, a 46-year-old businessman in the South India was arrested over a tweet and earlier this year, another man for arrested for emailing a cartoon unfavourably depicting a state minister.

So why are arrests like this taking place in the world's largest democracy? And is there cause for concern?

Presenter: Del Irani

Speaker: Prasanto Roy, Indian technology writer

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