Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, in an interview with BBC shared his thoughts on internet freedom, future innovation, taxes and his own personal tech habits.
Pichai said he feels that a free and open internet is under attack and asked the democratic countries to come and take a stand on the current functioning of the internet.
Pichai’s remark can be noted as crucial in the time when the Indian government is seen enforcing the new IT rules on social media platforms, OTT platforms, online news portal and search engines.
Key regard in this is the administrative surveillance and the deletion of the offensive content if there are official orders on it.
Meanwhile, the United Nation Special Rapporteur on Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression wrote a letter to the Indian government, criticising some of the provisions in the newly enacted Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.