Facebook and Instagram deleted over 18.8 million pieces of content in India in October


Meta, the new parent company of Facebook and its family of apps, said on Wednesday it removed more than 18.8 million pieces of content in October from Facebook and Instagram in India as it is the subject of a careful consideration of user data privacy.

The social media giant acted on over 18.8 million pieces of content in 13 policies for Facebook and over 3.07 million pieces of content in 12 policies for Instagram from October 1 to 31, in accordance with information technology (IT Guidelines intermediaries and digital media code of ethics) Rules, 2021, the company said in its monthly report.

“In accordance with IT rules, we have released our fifth monthly compliance report for the 31-day period – October 1-31,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.

“This report will contain details of the content that we have proactively removed using our automated tools and details of user complaints received and actions taken,” he added.

In October, Facebook received 686 reports through the Indian Complaints Mechanism and responded to all of those reports. Of these, the company provided tools for users to resolve their issues in 497 cases.

The reports received mainly concerned a fake profile (170) and a hacked account (157)

Instagram, in October, received 652 reports through the Indian complaints mechanism and responded to all of them. Among these, the photo sharing app has provided tools for users to resolve their issues in 420 cases.

The social network has taken action on 2.3 million content related to nudity and adult sexual activity, and 87,000 content in the category of bullying and harassment in the country.

Meta has also taken action on 172,400 hate speech content in India.

“We use a combination of artificial intelligence, reports from our community and reviews by our teams to identify and review content against our policies,” said the spokesperson for Meta.

All tech giants have been asked to produce monthly compliance reports in accordance with the new 2021 IT rules.


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