Google Removed Over 59,000 Links In India, Compliance Report Shows

Koo, the first to publish the report, said it had received complaints against 5,502 posts, of which 1,253 were removed for infractions.

Google said that its future reports will be delayed by two months to account for processing of data.

Highlights

  • The reports were shared as per the requirement of the new digital rules.
  • Google and Koo are the first to publish their first compliance reports.
  • Google claims it received 27,716 complaints in April.
New Delhi:

Search engine Google removed 59,350 links from its products, including YouTube, while homegrown social media company, Koo, acted on 1,253 of the 5,502 complaints, their compliance updates show. These were shared as per the requirement of the new digital rules that came into force over a month ago.

In its compliance report, Google received 27,716 complaints in April, a vast majority of which were copyright claims. The ones related to content removal were registered on all Google products, including YouTube, but not search, it said.

The report, however, does not include government requests.

Additionally, the US-based tech major said its future reports will be delayed by two months to account for processing of data.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based Koo, the first to publish such a report, said it also acted against 4,249 posts in the form of warnings, overlays, and blurring of content.

As part of active moderation, Koo also acted against 54,235 other Koos (posts), of which 1,996 were removed.

"As Koo gains traction across India, we will ensure it respects the law of the land and meets the requirements, enabling every country to define its own digital ecosystem. This compliance report is a step in that direction," CEO Aprayameya Radhakrishna told NDTV.

Google and Koo are the first to publish their first compliance reports.

American internet giant Facebook has also published its maiden monthly compliance report as mandated by the digital media rules. The social media giant said it "actioned" over 30 million content pieces across 10 violation categories during May 15-June 15 in the country.

A Facebook spokesperson said, "Over the years, Facebook has consistently invested in technology, people and processes to further its agenda of keeping users safe and secure online and enabling them to express themselves freely on its platform."

However, Twitter, facing constant government heat over alleged violations, hasn't set a deadline for this.

The new Information Technology rules, which came into effect on May 26, mandate large social media platforms to undertake greater due diligence and make digital platforms more accountable and responsible for the content they host.

They also mandate the appointment of grievance, nodal, and chief compliance officers, all of who have to be resident Indians.