Meta AI Revokes Block On Election-Related Queries, Google Retains Restrictions: Report

Meta AI has removed its restrictions on election-related queries in India, following the conclusion of the election process. However, Google persists in enforcing limits on such queries, in line with its global policy.

What Happened: Meta’s decision now enables users to search for information pertaining to India’s election outcomes, politicians, and officeholders through its AI chatbot, TechCrunch reported. The firm had initially imposed a block on certain political queries with the commencement of the Indian elections in April.

Despite the conclusion of the election process in India, Google continues to impose restrictions on election-related queries. The tech behemoth launched its Gemini AI app for Android in India on Monday, which supports nine local languages. However, it confirmed to TechCrunch that it is still enforcing these restrictions as part of its global policy.

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Meta’s AI chatbot is currently in the testing phase in India, with a limited number of users having access to it on WhatsApp and Instagram. Other chatbots like ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot adopt a mixed approach, refraining from answering questions such as “Who won the Indian general election of 2024?” but providing information about officeholders and politicians, the report detailed.

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