Press Trust of IndiaApr 18, 2019 09:57:23 IST
ShareChat Wednesday said it has removed over 4.87 lakh unique pieces of content, including 13,195 related to politics and news, for violating community guidelines of the regional language social media platform.
The company said it has over the past three months intensified its efforts of "policing the platform" in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections.
This has been done to ensure that the platform – which has 45 million users – is not misused in any way to aid activities that could be considered voter suppression or misinformation campaigns, it added.
"Of the above, 6,431 pieces of content were taken down which were sharing content marked as factually inaccurate by a third-party fact checking agency, NewsChecker.in," it pointed out.
Some of these posts included factually inaccurate statements with regard to the national elections, shared content with an intent to cause public disorder that was meant to create a frenzy amongst various political party supporters and or the general public, ShareChat said.
With social media playing a major role in political campaigning, there have been concerns around potential misuse of digital platforms to influence voters.
ShareChat, along with other social media platforms, had last month signed and adopted a 'Voluntary Code of Ethics' to support the Election Commission of India (ECI) in ensuring a free and fair election process.
As part of this, ShareChat conducted a training session for ECI appointed nodal officers in Delhi. The training included methods through which the ECI could report potentially unlawful content for expeditious redressal. "...we are focused towards ensuring that our platform is not misused by bad actors. We have invested resources to ensure our AI tools as well human reviewers are well trained in order to effectively detect and stall harmful behaviour on our platform," ShareChat Head of Policy Berges Y Malu said.
ShareChat's platform is available in 14 Indian language options. Founded by three IIT-Kanpur graduates, the company is valued at nearly USD 500 million.
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