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Delhi HC dismisses WhatsApp’s appeal to restrain CCI from investigating its Privacy Policy

Delhi HC upheld Competition Regulator's order directing an investigation into WhatsApp's 2021 Privacy Policy. The Court agreed that there was a prima facie reason to investigate the Privacy Policies.

Meta's 1st Annual Human Rights Report Wrongs Humans of India

Meta’s efforts to contain the spread of hate speech and incitement to violence, it released its first annual Human Rights Report, which includes a brief section reporting on the Meta commissioned independent human rights impact assessment (HRIA) for India, which it is yet to release.

Further disclosures by Facebook whistleblower reveal political bias

Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang has made fresh disclosures which raise further concerns about Facebook's functioning in India.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of February 2022

> > > > tl;dr Google (including YouTube), Koo, Meta (Facebook and Instagram), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of February, 2022. The latest of these was published by WhatsApp and was published on April

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of January 2022

Google (including YouTube), Facebook, Instagram (both are now under Meta), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of January, 2022. We have analysed them.

Oxford Pro Bono Publico releases its report on the Regulation of Digital Media and Intermediaries

To assist challenges to IT Rules, w​e reached out to Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) - a research centre at the Oxford University, requesting research on laws in other countries on social media platforms, digital news media and OTT platforms. OPBP has published their research report in December 2021.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of December 2021

Google (including YouTube), Facebook, Instagram (now Meta), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports under Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of Dec '21. The latest of these was published by Meta and was made available in late Jan '22. We've analysed them.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports of November, 2021

Google (including YouTube), Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of November, 2021.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports of October, 2021

Social Media platforms have released their reports for Oct 2021 in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d), IT Rules 2021. They continue to suffer from the same shortcomings, which exhibits lack of effort on the part of the SSMIs and the govt. to further transparency and accountability in platform governance.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports of September, 2021

SSMI reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 have been analysed for the month of September.