Facebook is at the focus of the hate speech debate in India
Facebook is at the focus of the hate speech debate in India – Facebook has been criticized for not removing content that incites hate speech and violence from users associated with the ruling party in India.
Criticized for not removing content that incites hate speech and violence from users affiliated with the ruling party in India, Facebook announced it was transparent and impartial.
Ajit Mohan, Managing Director and Vice President of Facebook India, stated that they take allegations of bias in the company seriously and condemn all kinds of hatred and fanaticism, “When it violates Community Standards, we have removed content shared by public figures in India and will continue to remove it.”
Ankhi Das, Director of Facebook’s Public Policy in India, stated that they removed 22 and a half million hate speech content in the second quarter of 2020, saying, “Facebook’s obligation to India and its people is unshakeable. to be an ally of India, where we preserve the pluralistic character of democracy on our platforms by providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to build new things while protecting it. ”
Das added that Facebook is “always an impartial, transparent and open platform where people can express themselves freely”.
News in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper that Facebook refrains from enforcing the rules imposed against hate speech for users affiliated with the ruling Indian People’s Party (Bharatiya Janata Party – BJP) in India continues to be the subject of debate in the country.
Chaired by Shahi Taror of the opposition Indian National Congress (INC), the committee called on Facebook representatives on September 2 to answer questions about protecting citizens’ rights and preventing misuse of social media platforms.
In a letter sent by INC Secretary General K.C. Venugopal to Facebook’s Chief Executive (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on August 18, Facebook’s senior officials and operations in India were requested to be investigated.