Sundar Pichai makes big statement on India’s IT rules as WhatsApp Twitter block


With the government’s new IT (Intermediary) Rules coming into force from May 25, Google has assured commitment to comply with the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Electronics & IT even as several social media platforms have expressed reservations in some form or the other. Backing the government’s bid to ‘scrutinize and adopt the regulatory framework,’ Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai asserted that the multinational Internet & technology company respects the local laws and complies with government requests, which is also highlighted in the firm’s transparency reports.

“It’s obviously early days and our local teams are very engaged… we always respect local laws in every country we operate in and we work constructively. We have clear transparency reports, when we comply with government requests, we highlight that in our transparency reports,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a virtual conference with select reporters from the Asia Pacific on Thursday, as per PTI.

Sundar Pichai’s comments come at a time when Twitter – one of the many major social media outlets operating in India – expressed concerns over the new guidelines laid down whereas Facebook-owned WhatsApp has taken the Union Government to court, claiming that the new IT Rules violate freedom of expression and the right to privacy. Facebook itself has said it will comply, though it has some issues it wants to sort out.

He added that the company respects the legislative processes, and in cases where it needs to push back, it does so. “It’s a balance we have struck around the world,” he said.


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