Twitter, Google, Whatsapp ban bad accounts and content in May in compliance with new IT Rules
The microblogging giant Twitter said in its monthly compliance report that it banned more than 46,000 accounts of Indian users in May over violation of its guidelines. The platform received 1,698 complaints in India via its local grievance mechanism between April 26, 2022, and May 25, 2022.
In addition, Twitter also processed 115 grievances that appealed account suspensions. No account suspensions were revoked, the report said.
Meanwhile, Google India purged 393,303 pieces of bad content in May via automated detection to prevent the dissemination of harmful content such as child sexual abuse and violent extremist content, according to its monthly transparency report on Sunday. The tech giant also removed 62,673 pieces of content as a result of user complaints in May.
According to the report, Twitter removed 43,656 accounts for child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity, and similar content, while 2,870 accounts were banned for promoting terrorism.
This includes complaints pertained to online abuse/ harassment (1,366), hateful conduct (111), misinformation and manipulated media (36), sensitive adult content (28), and impersonation (25), among others.
It also took action against 1,621 uniform resource locators (URLs) during the period, which includes URLs for violating norms related to online harassment (1,077), hateful conduct (362), and sensitive adult content (154).
“While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our platform, we do not tolerate behaviour that harasses, threatens, dehumanizes, or uses fear to silence the voices of others,” Twitter said in the report.
Earlier, Meta-owned WhatsApp also announced that it banned over 19 lakh bad accounts in India in the month of May in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021.
The platform banned over 16.6 lakh bad accounts in India in April. The company also received 528 grievance reports in May within the country, and the accounts “actioned” were 24.
In April, WhatsApp received 844 grievance reports within the country, and the accounts “actioned” were 123. Under the new IT Rules 2021, big digital and social media platforms, with more than 5 million users, have to publish monthly compliance reports.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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