Google Opposes Facebook-backed Proposal For Self-Regulatory Body In India.

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Google has grave reservations about developing a self-regulatory body for the social media sector in India to hear user complaints; though the proposal has support from Facebook and Twitter (TWTR. N), sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.

India in June proposed appointing a government panel to hear complaints from users about content moderation decisions. But has also said it is open to the idea of a self-regulatory body if the industry is willing.

The lack of consensus among the tech giants, however, increases the likelihood of a government panel being form – a prospect that Meta Platforms Inc’s (META.O) Facebook and Twitter are keen to avoid as they fear government and regulatory overreach in India, the sources said.

At a closed-door meeting this week, an executive from Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL. O) Google told other attendees the company was unconvince about the merits of a self-regulatory body. The body would mean external reviews of decisions that could force Google to reinstate content, even if it violated Google’s internal policies, the executive was quoted as saying.

Reuters.

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