To comply with the new IT laws, Facebook removed approximately 30 million posts published between May 15 and June 15, which violated Indian IT laws. This information was disclosed in the social media giant’s recently submitted compliance report to the IT ministry.
The new IT rules were came into the effect on may 26, which mandate the social media companies with over 5 million users to submit a compliance report every month including the details of complaints received and actions taken on those complaints, and hire a compliance officer to listen or solve the grievances of the users.
Along with Facebook, Instagram, a photo-sharing network, also removed nearly two million posts from nine categories that were found to be in violation. The report also included detailed data about particular interaction links or pieces of content that the company has eliminated as a result of proactive tracking utilizing automated techniques. As per the statement of the Facebook spokesperson, “Artificial intelligence is used to identify content that violates our policies.
We’ll continue to identify contents and improve these efforts toward transparency “.Furthermore, Facebook has stated that the second compliance report would be provided by 15 July. An Indian microblogging platform “Koo” and Google also submitted their first compliance report to the Indian IT ministry the day before. According to Koo officials, out of the 5,502 reported contents, 1,253 posts have been permanently removed from their platform.
Google, on the other hand, had removed over 59,000 posts on Google-owned platforms. After Koo and Google, Facebook is the third most used social media platform that shared a compliance report with the government. However, Google requested to give 2 months to submit the next compliance report as it will help the company to obtain the complete data of the flagged contents and take appropriate action against it.
Apart from these three platforms, no other social media company has submitted a report, though we may see additional companies step up in the coming days to follow the guidelines properly, as it is still too early to reach any conclusions.