While the company insists it does not proactively block “locally illegal” content for viewers from specific countries unless their legal team deems a local agency request as “valid”, these unreported India-specific guidelines show how the company still directs its moderators to flag such content for further review.
Representatives of several political parties told The Indian Express that they felt the impact of the platform’s changes during the just-concluded Assembly elections. Sources aware of the platform’s inner workings say WhatsApp forwards have declined in India since the change.
In a meeting in October, Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Policy Solutions Richard Allen had said Facebook does not consider hate speech to be speech attacking any religion or belief, but rather it defines hate speech as speech attacking a group of people.
The Bill’s “Network Enforcement Authority” will hold platforms accountable with the values of “fairness, proportionality, and necessity”. Appointed by the Centre, the suggested authority has been compared to the Election Commission by the MP’s office.
A Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) official said that while the concept of paid contracts is not in the discussion currently, this will be a precursor to a monetised marketplace of Smart City data.
In anticipation of 2019 elections, both Google and Facebook said they will focus on training journalists while Twitter emphasised eliminating fake accounts and automated manipulation as well as political ad transparency.