Social media’s compliance with government take down requests on posts has shot up, in some cases to over 90% — and the inflection point, say officials familiar with the matter, was the abrogation of Article 370. This is as per a news report in the Economic Times.
“Meetings with these platforms used to happen once a month earlier, but now we are meeting them almost every other day to discuss how to tackle this issue of fake, malicious news and taking down wrong/ fake information from their platforms, as activity on the media platforms has grown exponentially since,” this official said. Those who spoke on this matter did so off record.
Officials said Facebook has registered the highest compliance of over 90% while Twitter is at 60%+. The committee that monitors social media content draws its members from ministries of home, electronics & IT and I&B. Officials also said once the new social intermediary norms are notified, compliance will have to be 100% within a stipulated time.
Social media compliance with govt requests shoots up after Jammu & Kashmir move
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“With regards to official legal requests made to Twitter under Indian law, we publish actions taken twice a year in the Twitter Transparency Report for purposes of public awareness and disclosure. Improving the collective health of public conversation is our number one priority. Platform manipulation, including spam and other attempts to undermine the public conversation, is a clear violation of Twitter rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said. Facebook and WhatsApp didn’t respond to queries sent by ET.