Reviews website MouthShut.com has, so far, received over 790 takedown notices, 240 legal notices, and has 11 court cases registered against it, its founder Faisal Farooqui revealed at a discussion on the ‘The Internet We Want‘ discussion organized by the Software Freedom Law Centre. The company gets notices from Cyber Crime Cells across the country, among which, as per Farooqui, the Gurgaon Cyber Crime cell is particularly active, and many Cyber Crime cell notices cite section 91 of the CRPC. Sometimes MouthShut would just get phone calls, and in other cases, it would get notices on official letterheads. There was a time when a sub inspector from the Bangalore Cybercrime, would call the company every day, Farooqui said. "Why am I going to the Supreme court? We said we need protection from people like Kumar Builders. Kumar Builders, Farooqui said, sent MouthShut a legal notice of Rs 2000 crore. They had a project coming up, and five people who had booked property with them had issues. "There were 5 reviews, and they wanted Rs 400 crore per review." "The lowest someone has claimed from us," Farooqui said, "is Rs 1 crore. We receive two notices of Rs 1 crore every week. They don't excite us." On being asked about the type of reviews that get notices, Farooqui said that there are essentially two types of cases: in some cases, people are upset about the words used in the review, and in others, there is a situation wherein the user has chosen the option of not…
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