"Working closely with both Indian, foreign social media companies and a prominent trade body IAMAI, we drove consensus to adopt a self regulatory code... Avoiding fresh legal obligation was our priority and we achieved it with minimal process changes at our end." — Facebook Internal Documents Facebook successfully lobbied against regulation from the Election Commission of India (ECI) ahead of the 2019 general elections to adopt a voluntary code instead, internal documents from Facebook and the ECI (seen by MediaNama) reveal. The ECI was initially keen on introducing a new regulatory framework for platforms, which would involve proactive removal of content and disabling political ads during the silence period, the documents revealed. Facebook's efforts to influence the ECI were first reported by The Intersection and the Hindustan Times on November 22. Internal documents from Facebook leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen, alongside…
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