Hate speech row: Facing life risk, high Facebook govt in Delhi information FIR

New Delhi, August 17

A high South Asia govt of Facebook named Ankhi Das has filed an FIR with the Cyber Cell Unit of Delhi Police over alleged risk to her life and sexually offensive feedback.

Das hit the headlines after an article was printed within the Wall Street Journal on August 14, alleging that Facebook favoured the ruling BJP on its social media platform in India.

Sources within the Delhi Police instructed IANS that the FIR names 5 individuals, together with a girl, energetic on Twitter. Facebook profiles of two individuals recognized as Himanshu Deshmukh and Awesh Tiwari are talked about.

The FIR was filed underneath Sections 354A, 499/500, 506, 507, 509 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and different relevant provisions of legislation in drive, over issuing violent threats to life and physique.

49-year-old Das, a resident of a fancy South Delhi space, seen as one of many very influential MNC executives in Lutyens’ Delhi, has mentioned in her FIR, “Since the evening of 14 August 2020, I have been receiving violent threats to my life and body, and I am extremely disturbed by the relentless harassment meted out to me by the accused persons. The content, which even includes my photograph is evidently threatening to my life and body and I fear for my safety as well as that of my family members. The content also maligns my reputation based on a news article and I am subjected to name-calling, cyberbullying and eve-teasing online.” Das, who’s Director of Public Policy at Facebook, has hinted that a number of folks, aligning with a specific political social gathering have focused her following the article printed in WSJ.

The FIR says, “Accused persons have intentionally vilified me due to their political affiliations and are now engaging in online and offline abuse, subjecting me to criminal intimidation and making sexually coloured remarks. Facts further reveal that the imputation in the posts by the accused have been made to harm my reputation and defame me. Since my pictures and particulars are being shared publicly by the perpetrators, I am under constant fear and threat, especially being a woman.”

Sources in Delhi Police revealed that the accused talked about within the FIR are being recognized and traced. The police will provoke motion, which may embody arrests of the accused as per legal guidelines.

Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesperson mentioned: “We prohibit hate speech and content that incites violence and we enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position or party affiliation. While we know there is more to do, we’re making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy.”  IANS

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