Delhi Assembly panel summons Facebook official over hateful content material row

New Delhi, September 12

A Delhi Assembly panel has issued a discover to Facebook India vice chairman and managing director Ajit Mohan asking him to look earlier than it on September 15 in reference to complaints in regards to the social media platform’s alleged “deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content” within the nation.

“Summon was issued on the basis of scathing depositions of the key witnesses as well as incriminating material submitted by them on record,” an official assertion said on Saturday.

The summon by the Delhi Assembly panel on peace and concord follows a current Wall Street Journal report which claimed that one among Facebook’s senior India coverage executives intervened in inner communication to cease a everlasting ban on a Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from Telangana after he allegedly shared communally charged posts.

“We hereby summon you (Ajit Mohan) to appear before the committee on September 15, 2020, at 12 noon at MLA Lounge-1, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, for the purpose of recording your deposition on oath and participating in the proceedings carried out by the committee,” Delhi Assembly’s deputy secretary stated within the discover despatched on September 10.

Last month, Facebook had stated its social media platform prohibits hate speech and content material that incites violence and these insurance policies are enforced globally with out regard to political affiliation.

“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. While we know there is more to do, we’re making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy,” a Facebook spokesperson had stated. PTI

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