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India needs to follow the China model in regulating tech industries: Vivek Wadhwa

China has passed laws that attempt to regulate the algorithms that drive these platforms and that can make execs liable for spread of misinformation

January 28, 2022 / 09:02 PM IST
Facebook and Twitter have personalisation features that create filter bubbles, which deepens divisions among people. (Photo by Thought Catalog from Pexels)

Facebook and Twitter have personalisation features that create filter bubbles, which deepens divisions among people. (Photo by Thought Catalog from Pexels)

India must follow China’s example to rein in technology companies, said Vivek Wadhwa in an interview with Moneycontrol.

“I rarely am supportive of China but its government has realised the damage these technologies are causing. They are now leading the world in (managing the crisis of polarisation),” said Wadhwa, who retired as Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, and is an author and entrepreneur.

He was speaking about the way technology companies drive engagement on their platforms by polarising opinion. He believes even the rise of religious fundamentalism in India can be placed at their doorstep.

WhatsApp has come to be synonymous with misinformation and platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have personalisation features that create filter bubbles, which deepens divisions among people. The companies have been made aware of the damage they are causing but they continue to retain the features to hook users.