Two American tech giant Google and the Microsoft have recently pledged to help India fight COVID-19. Google is decided to provide $18 million (Rupees 135 crores). Microsoft is to help India with relief efforts to buy oxygen concentration devices. The initiatives and the announcements about the funding were made by Sundar Pichai of Google and Satya Nadella of Microsoft.

Plan

  • The relief amounts of Google in the form of grants are to go to NPOs UNICEF and GiveIndia.
  • Through GiveIndia, Google is to provide cash assistance to families hit by the Coronavirus.
  • The grant being provided to UNICEF is to be used to make urgent medical supplies. This includes testing equipment and lifesaving oxygen equipment.
  • Also, more than 900 Google employees paid a total of Rupees 3.7 crores.

Twitter and Facebook

While Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella were making the announcements, Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter) and Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook) were silent. Lately, Dorsey and Zuckerberg have had strained relations with the Indian Government due to the censorship and privacy policies of the latter.

Isue between GoI and Twitter, Facebook?

In the year 2019, Indian Government ordered Twitter, Facebook to remove 3,433 URLs between January and October, 2019. The numbers have increased by 5-times since the 2016. This was done under Section 69A of IT Act.

Section 69A of IT act

This act provides powers to block public access of any information through a computer resource. Persons failing to comply with the directions shall be punished with an imprisonment up to 7-years.

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