Sep 2, 2020

Facebook caught in India political storm

Facebook's India executives will be grilled on Wednesday by a parliamentary committee over allegations of political partisanship and hate speech. "We prohibit hate speech and content that incites violence and we enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone's political position or party affiliation," Facebook told the BBC in an email recently. The closed-door hearing will cover Facebook policies on "Safeguarding citizens' rights" and preventing the "Misuse of social/ online news media platforms" among other things. The company is accused of allowing anti-Muslim rhetoric and other content on the platform, in what the WSJ said was favouritism towards the BJP. The report said that Facebook deleted some anti-Muslim posts by a BJP lawmaker only after the paper asked about them. At the centre of the allegations is the person who allegedly made the decision not to delete these posts - Ankhi Das, Facebook's top public policy executive in India.

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