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IT Rules 2021: Now Google concerned about SRB mechanism for social media platforms

Google is not in favour of self-regulation mechanism being mooted for content regulation on social media under India’s IT Rules, says Reuters

What’s the news: Google voiced serious concerns about the creation of a self-regulatory body (SRB) to handle India’s social media user complaints, reported Reuters. As per unnamed sources of the news agency, the company fears the impact of such a regulatory body on the search engine's content. During a closed-door meeting, an executive from Alphabet Inc's Google elaborated on the worries regarding an SRB that could results in external reviews of decisions. The reviews would force Google to reinstate content that might violate Google's internal policies, said Reuters. Why this matters: In recent months, the Centre has been oscillating between SRBs and the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC). While most think tanks and experts oppose the idea of a GAC, experts also approach the idea of the SRB with apprehension. This uncertainty works in the favour of a government-backed mechanism that will…

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