TECH UPDATE : Social media : Facebook took action on 3.33 crore content in one and a half months
Internet giants have started complying with the new Information Technology (IT) rules that came into effect on May 26 this year in the country. Facebook has processed more than 33.3 million content in India between June 16 and July 31 across 10 categories of infringement. The social media platform gave this information in its compliance report on Tuesday.
Facebook's photo-sharing platform, Instagram, took action against 2.8 million content across nine categories during the same period. The company said it received complaints from 1,504 users on Facebook and 265 on Instagram through its Indian complaints system between June 16 and July 31, and it has acted on all of them.
A Facebook spokesperson said that over the years, the company has continuously invested in the technology, people, and processes to keep users safe online and enable them to express their views freely on its platform.
"We use artificial intelligence, complaints from our community, and reviews conducted by our team to identify and review content that violates our policies," the spokesperson said in a statement to PTI. We have published our second Monthly Compliance Report for a period of 46 days from 16th June to 31st July, complying with the Information Technology (IT) norms.
He said that the report details the content that is being removed continuously using automated tools and the complaints of users and the action taken on them.
Search engine Google removed 95,680 articles in July
Google said that in July it had received 36,934 complaints from users and based on these, removed 95,680 content, which is the highest ever. In addition to user complaints, Google also removed 5,76,892 items in July on the basis of automatic identification. Earlier in June, it had received 36,265 complaints, and based on these, 83,613 items were removed. In May, 71,132 items and in April 59,350 items were removed. The company said some of these complaints were related to intellectual property rights violations, while others called for the removal of materials on grounds such as defamation.
WhatsApp banned 80 lakh accounts per month
At the same time, in its compliance report issued under these rules, WhatsApp said that in 46 days from June 16 to July 31, it has banned more than 30 lakh Indian accounts.
WhatsApp said in its report that it had received 594 complaint reports during the said period. Earlier, WhatsApp has reported that more than 95 percent of the restrictions on accounts were imposed due to unauthorized use of automatic or bulk messaging. The global average of accounts being banned by WhatsApp to prevent misuse of its platform is 8 million accounts per month.
Digital platforms with more than 50 lakh users will have to publish reports every month
Explain that under the new IT rules, large digital platforms with more than 50 lakh users will have to publish a term compliance report every month detailing the complaints received and the action taken on them. The report will also include the number of specific communication links or pieces of information that have been removed or closed due to surveillance using automated systems.