FB India policy head alleges ‘violent threats’ after WSJ article, files complaint

FB India policy head alleges ‘violent threats’ after WSJ article, files complaint

Facebook's "trust team" has also pointed it out several times but the ones in power at the social media platform, according to Shrinate, have chose to not take it down as it may hurt their "business interest" in India.

The committee, in a statement today, said that it has received multiple complaints addressed to its chairman, MLA Raghav Chadha, about alleged instances of intentional and deliberate inaction on the part of Facebook to enforce its policies against inflammatory and hateful content. The company said it is "making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy".

Wall Street Journal alleged that Facebook ignored its hate speech policy when it came to the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Through this, they lure voters by spreading false news and hate.

Besides the duo, Congress leaders Ajay Maken, Praveen Chakravarty and Rohan Gupta, also demanded the creation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into the matter.

"Many pages and IDs are being run on my name on social media platforms without my consent", he told the New Indian Express.

Neither Ms. Das, Mr. Singh, nor the BJP responded to requests for comments from the WSJ, the newspaper said, adding that the Prime Minister's office spokesperson declined to comment.

Update at 17:56 IST, August 17: The Delhi Legislative Assembly's Committee on Peace and Harmony said it would soon summon Facebook executives with regard to allegations of bias and partisanship made against the company. In her police complaint, Das has said the WSJ article "was further published in a mischaracterized and distorted manner in India by various publications and further widely circulated on social media".

The Wayanad MP also alleged that they spread fake news and hatred through these social media platforms to influence the electorate. Tharoor tweeted that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology "would certainly wish to hear from Facebook about these reports and what they propose to do about hate-speech in India".

For Facebook, which has over 300 million users in India, the controversy comes months after it invested $5.7 billion in the digital unit of India's Reliance Industries.

Ankhi Das is public policy director, Facebook, for India, South and Central Asia since 2011.

BJP leader and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri hit out at Rahul Gandhi on Monday, saying the Congress leader should look at his party's history before speaking on democratic values as it has been "a death chamber of dissent, right to expression and internal democracy".

At a virtual press conference, Congress' data analytics chief Praveen Chakravarty said that the party had on many occasions raised concerns about Facebook's functioning, according to The Hindu.

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