Tech companies are happy to bid for Modi’s access to the Indian market Facebook

F.Or over the decades, India has been a poster child for democratic development: a poor, vast, ethnically diverse country with regular elections and a peaceful transfer of power – a symbol of a democratic democracy. Also, despite the flaws in such a system. The only dominant party – the Congress party. And then, in May 2014, the BJP leader, Narendra Modi, was given a nine-point platform on the standard issue of modernization, privatization and liberalization of the economy, reduction of welfare budget, reduction of corporate tax, abolition of wealth tax Succeeded in power on the farm. Etc.

Modi’s election, wrote August magazine Foreign Policy, Is an important milestone in the development of our country. He was the first post-independence leader to hold a majority in the lower house of parliament, not belonging to the Congress party of India’s founder Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Sixty-five years later, a new generation of blood-forming families began to emerge. But in the six years since his first election (he was re-elected in 2019), the magazine added, “It has become clear that his conduct is an existential threat to the world’s largest democracy. By successfully promoting the Hindutva ideology, Modi is ready to make India a Russian-style ‘organized republic’, which has maintained all the avenues of democracy while acting as a realistic dictatorship. ۔

Really like Hungary. Looking at his record, it seems that Modi is following the playbook of the Prime Minister of this country, Victor Urban, except that Modi has included religious and ethnic aspects. his Program. But this formula seems quite similar, as it is based on an electoral majority and weak opposition in parliament. This formula promises economic reform and then, when these obstacles are raised, it will suppress the opposition, control the mainstream. And then social media. And weaken the judicial system. Modi has included his own specific development in it: basic and sustainable use Internet off To obstruct the mobilization of the opposition. And, so far, this strategy seems to work: Last year, Freedom House, an organization that monitors the health of democratic people, ruled in favor of India. A “free” society. This year, the country is rated “partially free”.

All of these American tech companies, especially Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix, are in the throes of an ethical dilemma. To him, India represents a huge market – in a way, bigger than China, because the Communist Party controls the work of tech companies in its jurisdiction. The Indian market, being less centralized, has a lot of potential for growth. But to thrive there, companies must come to terms with a dictatorial government that does not object to criticism, does not object to opposition.

In February, Modi’s The administration announced Clear new rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services and digital news outlets. Companies will be required to acknowledge requests for the transfer of illegal and violent content and misinformation within 24 hours and have a full redressal within 15 days. In sensitive cases, such as around explicit sexual material, firms will be required to remove the material within 24 hours and will also be required to appoint compliance, liaison and housing complaints officers whose names and contact details are available in New Delhi. Will be shared so that they can be traced. Government concerns. Everyone will also need to set up a local office in India, which means they will have employees who can be arrested and sent to jail.

With Facebook, with its long history of residence of tyrants, this shouldn’t be a big deal. A recent internal memo released by Sophie Zhang, a former employee who was a data scientist on the company’s “Site Integrity Fake Engagement” team, revealed that the activities of Donald Trump supporters and foreign dictators from Azerbaijan About how calm Facebook was Ukraine on its platform. Zhang also noted the “lack of desire from senior leadership to safeguard democratic processes in small countries.” So the boss of Facebook and the Prime Minister of India will undoubtedly recover. However, they are both selfish.

Twitter made a brief joke about its violation of the rulers’ government. But in the end, he seems to have bowed to the facts on earth. After pulling it out on non-compliance by the government, at all costs, The company blocked Of the 1,435 accounts, 1,398 were flagged by the IT ministry for spreading false information about farmers’ protests that were provoking the government.

After all, of course, all American tech companies agree with Donald Trump on at least one thing: the rules are for losers.

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