New Delhi: Google said on Friday that it removed 93,067 pieces of bad content based on user complaints in February this year – a decrease from 104,285 pieces of bad content that the technology giant removed in January.
In its monthly report in accordance with the new India’s IT rules 2021, the technology giant said it received 30,065 complaints from users in India in February (from 33,995 in January).
These complaints were related to third party content that is believed to violate local laws or personal rights on various Google platforms.
“Complaints fall into different categories. Some inquiries may allege infringement of intellectual property rights, while others allege violations of local laws that prohibit content infringement due to defamation,” Google said in a statement.
The 93,067 content sections were removed under various categories such as copyright, trademark, court order, graphic sexual content, circumvention and others.
Google said it also removed 338,938 pieces of content as part of automatic discovery during the period mentioned above.
By January, it had removed 401,374 pieces of content as part of automatic detection.
“In addition to reports from our users, we invest heavily in combating malicious content online and use technology to detect and remove it from our platforms,” it says in its monthly compliance report.
“This includes the use of automated detection processes for some of our products to prevent the spread of harmful content as material for child sexual abuse and violent extremist content,” it added.
In accordance with the Information Technology Rules (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics), 2021 (IT Rules), Google, along with other social media platforms, is mandated to publish monthly transparency reports with information on complaints received from users in India and actions taken; as well as removal measures taken as a result of automatic detection.
According to the new IT rules in 2021, large digital and social media platforms – with more than 5 million users – must publish monthly compliance reports. Also read: 14.26 lakh Indian WhatsApp accounts banned in February 2022; here’s why
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