If platform in query is public, each Indian has proper to convey views: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18

Reacting to the raging Facebook controversy, IT and Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday mentioned if a social platform was public, then everybody has the appropriate to specific their views no matter their dedication and beliefs.

Without naming the platform, he mentioned: “If the platform in question is a public platform, then every Indian, regardless of his or her ideology or commitment, has the right to convey his or her views on the platform,” he mentioned.

Prasad mentioned some individuals thought that they held the monopoly on the platform even when their political existence had completed.

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“It is a hard fact in the country that people, whose political base has shrunk, seek to dominate public discourse. That is not right,” he mentioned.

Regarding questions on ‘hate speech’ by the BJP supporters, he referred to the ‘aar paar ki ladai’ remark by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in addition to one other remark made by senior chief Rahul Gandhi, the place he mentioned “youth will beat the Prime Minister with canes”. 

He questioned whether or not they weren’t “textbook cases of hate speech and instigating violence”.

“There are two issues. One relates to what is published in an international journal — that is for Facebook to decide. It is their policy and system. As far as Rahul Gandhi’s allegations are concerned, I have already reacted and that remains the party’s stance on the issue,” the IT Minister mentioned.

Reminding Rahul Gandhi of his get together’s “alliance with Cambridge Analytica”, Prasad on Monday had mentioned: “Losers who cannot influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by the BJP and the RSS. You were caught red-handed in an alliance with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to weaponise data before the elections and now have the gall to question us?”

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