ShareChat pulls down over 4 lakh posts violating community guidelines

Beyond the company’s commitments made to the ECI, over the past three months in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections in India, the efforts in policing the platform has intensified This has been done to ensure that the platform is not misused in any way to aide in activities that could be considered voter suppression or misinformation campaigns.

As part of these efforts, since February 2019, ShareChat has removed user accounts as well as a large number of individual pieces of content for violating the Community Guidelines as well as the terms of use.

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.

Berges Y Malu, Head of Policy, ShareChat said, “We work constantly to be the social media platform of choice for millions of Indians who would like to share and view content in their preferred language. And therefore, 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.”

About ShareChat

ShareChat is India’s largest Indic language social media platform. With over 45 million users and 14 language options, ShareChat is today the social media platform of choice for first time internet users. Founded by three IIT-Kanpur graduates, the Bangalore based start-up is today valued at nearly USD 500 million. ShareChat offers its services in the following languages - Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Odia, Kannada, Assamese, Haryanvi, Rajasthani and Bhojpuri. 

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