Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan seems earlier than Parliamentary panel

New Delhi, September 2

Amid a political slugfest over the Facebook challenge, the corporate’s India head Ajit Mohan on Wednesday appeared earlier than a parliamentary panel, which is discussing alleged misuse of social media platforms.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, had referred to as representatives of Facebook to listen to their views “on the subject of safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women security in the digital space”, in keeping with agenda of the assembly.

Mohan, Managing Director of Facebook India, appeared earlier than the panel this afternoon, officers stated.

The panel has additionally referred to as representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on the identical challenge.

Tharoor’s announcement that the panel want to hear from Facebook a couple of report printed within the Wall Street Journal claiming that the social media platform ignored making use of its hate-speech guidelines to politicians of the BJP in India, had evoked a robust response from BJP members of the panel.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had alleged that the Congress chief has been utilizing the panel’s platform to additional his and his get together’s political agenda and even demanded his removing as chairman.

A recent spherical of political slugfest began on the matter on Monday with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claiming that the worldwide media has “exposed” Facebook and WhatsApp’s “brazen assault” on India’s democracy and social concord.

“No one, let alone a foreign company, can be allowed to interfere in our nation’s affairs. They must be investigated immediately and when found guilty, punished,” Gandhi tweeted.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad additionally wrote to Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, accusing the social media platform’s staff of supporting folks from a political predisposition that misplaced successive elections, and “abusing” Prime Minister and senior cupboard ministers.

In a three-page letter to Facebook Chief Executive Zuckerberg, Prasad alleged “bias and inaction” by people within the Facebook India group on complaints by folks supportive of right-of-centre ideology. — PTI

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