Facebook responds to Congress’ cost of political bias; 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 large has informed 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 individuals can specific themselves freely.

Responding to issues raised by the Opposition Congress, Facebook’s Public Policy, Trust and Safety director Neil Potts has stated that it has taken the social gathering’s allegation of bias very critically and can be sure that it stays non-partisan and is dedicated to sustaining the very best ranges of integrity.

The Congress accused Facebook of interfering in India’s democratic course of and social concord and being smooth on members of the ruling BJP on making use of its hate-speech guidelines.

The Congress had written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg following reviews by the Wall Street Journal and the Time journal concerning the conduct of Facebook and WhatsApp India’s management workforce, alleging bias and proximity with the ruling BJP.

“We take seriously the concerns and recommendations you raised on behalf of the Indian National Congress. First and foremost, we want to take this opportunity to state that we are non-partisan and strive to ensure that our platforms remain a space where people can express themselves freely. We take allegations of bias seriously and want to make clear that we denounce hate and bigotry in all forms,” Potts stated within the letter, dated September 1.

In his letter to AICC general-secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, who had written to Zuckerberg twice, Potts stated: “On the question of 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 the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress accusing it of colluding and influencing opinion.

The BJP has accused the social media large’s workers of supporting individuals from a political predisposition that misplaced successive elections, and “abusing” Prime Minister and senior cupboard ministers.

In a three-page letter to Zuckerberg, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad flagged the social media platform’s alleged “bias and inaction” by people within the Facebook India workforce on complaints by individuals supportive of right-of-centre ideology. PTI



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