In reply to Congress, FB says it’s non-partisan, denounces hate

New Delhi, September 3

Amid a raging controversy over Facebook’s alleged political bias and interference in India’s democratic course of, the social media big has advised the Congress that it’s non-partisan, denounces hate and bigotry in all varieties and strives to make sure that its platforms stay an area the place folks can categorical themselves freely.

Bans BJP politician Raja Singh

New Delhi: Under strain for weeks over its dealing with of hate speech, Facebook on Thursday mentioned it has banned BJP politician T Raja Singh from its platform and Instagram for violating its coverage on content material selling violence and hate. Meanwhile, Telangana BJP MLA Singh claimed he had no account with the networking website for over a 12 months and puzzled if the social media big was working below Congress “pressure”. PTI

Responding to issues raised by the opposition Congress, Facebook’s Public Policy, Trust and Safety Director Neil Potts has mentioned it has taken the occasion’s allegation of bias very critically and can be certain that it stays non-partisan and is dedicated to sustaining the best ranges of integrity.

The Congress accused Facebook of interfering in India’s democratic course of and being tender on members of the ruling BJP whereas making use of its hate-speech guidelines. The Congress had written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after experiences by the Wall Street Journal and the Time journal in regards to the conduct of Facebook and WhatsApp India’s management group flagged bias and proximity with the ruling BJP.

In his letter to AICC common secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, who had written to Zuckerberg twice, Potts mentioned, “On hateful content by public figures, we want to assure you that our community standards prohibit attacks against people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, caste, ethnicity and national origin. In line with our hate speech policy, we have removed and will continue to remove hateful content by public figures in India on our platforms.”

Facebook is on the centre of a raging political debate within the nation with each ruling BJP and the opposition Congress accusing it of colluding and influencing opinion.

Congress’s Data Analytics division head Praveen Chakravarty mentioned Facebook has responded to issues of the Congress about interference in India’s affairs and has promised corrective measures, however awaits additional concrete measures. — PTI

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