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Updated: IT Ministry asks Google and Facebook to take down “fake” food content: report

Update, 24 January: A Facebook spokesperson told Medianama, “Facebook is respectful of the local laws and we regularly respond to government requests to restrict content in accordance with the law. Facebook is committed to fighting misinformation on the platform. One of the many steps that we have taken to reduce the spread of false news is working with independent, third-party fact-checkers to review and rate the accuracy of content. Last year in September, we expanded fact-checking for photos and videos to all of our 27 partners (For more info, please refer: https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/182222309230722) in 17 countries around the world.” Update, 23 January: A YouTube spokesperson told MediaNama, "We set and publicly share information about our Community Guidelines and we consistently and impartially enforce those guidelines to protect our users' freedom of speech while providing clear guidance on content that is not allowed on the platform. We’ve developed robust Community Guidelines, and enforce these policies effectively. We’ve also taken a number of steps to limit the spread of misinformation on our platform." Earlier, 22 January: The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has sent notices to Google and Facebook to take down ‘“false and malicious” videos and misinformation about the food safety and quality in India’, reports the Economic Times. The notices include requests for content take down and blocking of accounts uploading these videos, ET’s sources told it. The notices contain examples of plastic eggs, plastic rice and melamine in milk, and one particular video where it shows that FSSAI allowed melamine…

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I'm a MediaNama alumna from 2015-16 (remember TinyOwl?) now back to cover e-services like food and grocery delivery, app based transport and policies, platforms and media in India.

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