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Exclusive: MeitY cites ‘fiduciary relationship’ to avoid giving information on Facebook investigation

MediaNama had filed an RTI with MeitY to view the ministry’s questions to Facebook on the revelations by ex-employee Frances Haugen

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), on 27th June, refused to reply to an RTI application filed by MediaNama on the response given by Facebook (now renamed as Meta) to the ministry's queries about the Frances Haugen disclosures. In its reply, the Ministry cited having a 'fiduciary relationship' with the company to refuse divulging the information. In the RTI, MediaNama had asked for a copy of the first letter sent by MeitY, the reply received from Facebook/Meta India to the letter with any confidential information, details, names, submissions redacted, whether a reply itself had been given by Meta to the letter or not, as well as copies of any subsequent replies sent by MeitY. While a copy of the original letter from MeitY has been provided to MediaNama- and is made public below in the interest of transparency-…

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