Google, Microsoft Announces Funding to Tackle COVID-19 in India

Google and Microsoft have lately pledged to help India fight COVID-19. Google is to furnish 18 million USD (Rs 135 crores).

Updated: Apr 28, 2021 11:16:00 am

28 April 2021 Current Affairs:Google and Microsoft have lately pledged to help India fight COVID-19. Google is to furnish 18 million USD (Rs 135 crores). Microsoft is to help India with alleviation efforts to buy oxygen attention devices. The initiatives and the bulletins about the funding have been made by using Sundar Pichai of Google and Satya Nadella of Microsoft.

♦ The alleviation quantities of Google in the shape of offers are to go to non-profit enterprises UNICEF and GiveIndia. Through GiveIndia, Google is to provide cash help to households hit by the pandemic.
♦ The furnish being supplied to UNICEF is to be used to make pressing scientific supplies. This consists of testing gear and lifesaving oxygen equipment. Also, greater than 900 Google personnel paid a total of Rs 3.7 crores.
♦ While Sundar Pichai and Nadella have been making the announcements, Jack Dorsey and Zuckerberg have been silent. Jack Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter. Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook. Lately, Dorsey and Zuckerberg have had strained family members with the Indian Government due to the censorship and privacy insurance policies of the latter.
♦ In 2019, the Government of India ordered Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to do away with 3,433 URLs between January and October 2019. The numbers have extended with the aid of five instances considering the fact that 2016. This used to be done below Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
♦ Section 69A of the IT act: It offers powers to block the public from getting the right of entry to any data via a laptop resource. Persons failing to comply with the regulations shall be punished with imprisonment up to seven years.
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