Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Thursday that Google is committed to complying with local laws and working constructively with governments to review and adopt regulatory frameworks to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology landscape.
“Obviously it’s still in the early stages, and our local team is very involved… We always respect the local laws of each country/region where we operate, and we carry out constructive work. We have a clear transparency report, and when complying with government requirements , We emphasized our transparency in reporting.” Pichai said in a virtual meeting with selected journalists from the Asia-Pacific region.
He added that a free and open Internet is “fundamental” and India has a long tradition.
As a company, we are very aware of the value of free and open Internet and the benefits it brings. We advocate for this. We have constructive cooperation with regulatory agencies around the world. We have participated in these processes. I think this is part of us. How to learn…”
He added that the company respects the legislative process and does so if it needs to be postponed. He said: “This is the balance we have reached on a global scale.”
Pichai pointed out that technology is reaching society in more and more extensive ways, and the pattern is developing rapidly.
“Therefore, we fully hope that the government will properly review and adopt the regulatory framework. Whether it is European copyright directives or Indian information regulations, etc., we treat them as a natural part of society to discuss how to govern in this technology. And adapt to your own, dense world.” He said, adding that Google has worked constructively with regulatory agencies around the world and participated in these processes.
The new IT rules for social media companies took effect on Wednesday. The goal is to create digital platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Google-in the past few years, India has seen an amazing increase in usage-for them The content hosted on the platform is responsible and responsible.
The new regulations were announced on February 25, requiring large social media participants to conduct additional due diligence, including the appointment of chief compliance officers, node contacts, and residents’ appeals officers.
“Important social media intermediaries” (defined as intermediaries with 5 million registered users) are given three months to meet additional requirements. Failure to comply with the rules will cause these social media companies to lose their intermediary status, thereby exempting them from any liability and assuming certain exemptions for any third-party information and data they host. In other words, they may have a responsibility to take action.
Google has previously stated that it has been continuously investing in major product changes, resources and personnel to ensure that it combats illegal content in an effective and fair manner and complies with the local laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates.
The new rules also require these platforms to delete all content flagged by the authorities within 24 hours after receiving the complaint, and delete posts describing nudity or deformed photos.
The new guidelines require the establishment of a strong complaint correction mechanism and the establishment of officials in the country. Important social media companies will have to publish monthly compliance reports, disclosing the details of the complaints received and the measures taken as well as the content that is actively deleted. .
They must also publish their physical contact address in India on their website or mobile application (or both).
Interestingly, WhatsApp has handed over the new digital rules to the Delhi High Court on the grounds that the company’s request for access to encrypted messages would undermine privacy protection.
However, the government has firmly defended the new guidelines, saying that the requirement of messaging platforms such as WhatsApp to disclose the source of flagged messages does not infringe on privacy, and that these rules will not affect the normal operation of popular free messaging platforms. PTI SR