Cong writes to Facebook CEO once more over allegations of ‘bias’ in favour of ruling BJP

New Delhi, August 29

The Congress on Saturday wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the second time in a month, asking what steps had been being taken on repeated allegations concerning the world social media large’s India unit being biased in direction of the ruling BJP.

At a press convention, the opposition social gathering additionally demanded an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the alleged “links of Facebook employees and the ruling establishment”.

The Congress’ letter to Zuckerberg came visiting an article in Time journal, which the opposition social gathering claimed “revealed” extra data and “evidence of biases and a quid pro quo relationship” of Facebook India with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

There was no quick response from Facebook or the BJP on the allegations. A report within the Wall Street Journal earlier this month had delivered to fore related allegations, which had been strongly rejected by each Facebook and the BJP.

Tagging the Time journal report, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed in a tweet that it exposes the “WhatsApp-BJP nexus”.

“Used by 40 Cr Indians, WhatsApp also wants to be used for making payments for which Modi Government’s approval is needed. Thus, BJP has a hold over WhatsApp,” he alleged, with out elaborating.

Popular messaging app WhatsApp can also be owned by Facebook.

In his letter to Zuckerberg, Congress common secretary organisation, Okay C Venugopal, referred to his earlier letter dated August 17 through which the social gathering had requested the US-based firm to analyze the allegations made within the Wall Street Journal article that the social media platform refused to use hate speech guidelines to sure BJP politicians.

“We draw your attention to the article in Time magazine dated August 27 that reveals more information and evidence of biases and a quid-pro-quo relationship of Facebook India with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party,” Venugopal stated within the new letter dated August 29 and requested for particulars of steps being taken by the group.

“We will also be pursuing legislative and judicial actions in India to ensure that a foreign company cannot continue to cause social disharmony in our nation for their pursuit of private profits,” he stated.

At the social gathering’s press convention, spokesperson Pawan Khera and AICC knowledge analytics division chief Praveen Chakravarty known as for an “exhaustive and unbiased investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee between the unending links of Facebook employees and the ruling establishment”.

“The investigation must include how Facebook manipulated voter opinion, allowed hate speech and was oblivious to fake news, even when they were in clear violation of their own regulations,” they stated in an announcement.

“WhatsApp cannot be granted approvals for its payment operations until the inquiry is complete and the recommended actions are taken by the company,” Khera and Chakravarty stated.

They additionally demanded that the report of the investigation ordered by Facebook into the conduct of its Indian unit be made public. — PTI

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