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Government says it is open about content takedown orders to expose inaction of platforms, but is it really open?

Previous instances show that it has been curiously selective in being transparent about such requests to platforms.

In a meeting held on January 31, officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) strongly criticised Google, Twitter, and Facebook for not doing enough to remove fake news on their platforms, forcing the government to issue content takedown orders, Reuters reported. The government officials urged the platforms to do more on their own to combat misinformation because content takedown orders draw international criticism for suppressing free expression, damaging the public image of the government. When a Google official suggested that government can keep takedown requests confidential to avoid negative publicity, the government officials rejected the suggestion saying that such takedowns publicise how tech companies aren't doing enough to tackle fake news on their own, the report said. India ranks among the top three countries that ask Google to remove the most content, citing defamation, privacy or security, and religious…

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