Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement regarding India’s New Digital Rules! He made it clear that Google will willingly accept the new rules. He said- “It is a balance we have struck to, around the world,”. Thus, to ensure the laws and legislature are not harmed in any of the places!
Interestingly, WhatsApp, one of the most used messaging apps in India, has decided to move to the High Court against the Government’s new rules. However, the parent company of WhatsApp, Facebook, has agreed to comply with the same rules.
In his statement, Pichai emphasized that Google will always continue to regulate its framework depending on the rules and laws of the particular area. Further, he said that free and open internet is a basic thing, and India has always allowed the same! He added that the online world sometimes makes it hard for proper governance as misinformation is easy to spread. Hence, regulating the content on the internet is not wrong.
The New Rules
The New IT Rules announced on 25th February, have strict clauses. As per the new rules, Authorities will monitor the social media platforms closely. To do so, these companies need to appoint a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person, and resident grievance officer. Also, they seek to get any content to be removed within 36 hours. For this, the authorities must flag the content as inappropriate or irrelevant. Non- compliance with these rules could make the government take action against these social media companies.
Other Announcement by Pichai
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, made another announcement in the same press meet. He declared that Google is working closely with Reliance Jio to make affordable Smartphones for the Indian Market. He said that due to the Pandemic, the importance of Technology has become more evident! Thus, Google and Jio together might soon develop an affordable smartphone.
Just to remind you, Google had picked up a 7.7% stake in the Jio Platforms last year. This cost them Rs. 33,737 Crore. Now, these two companies are looking forward to developing entry-level, affordable smartphones as soon as possible!