News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 01 Sep 2020 18:33pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The accusations against Facebook and WhatsApp were again brought into light by Congress Leader, Rahul Gandhi
  • In the latest publication by one of the foreign media, Ankhi Das, a Facebook executive, didn’t apply and enforce hate speech rules on members of the ruling party
  • Facebook as a response to the numerous allegations raised against them stated that they have always been an “open, transparent and non-partisan platform”, a platform that allows people to express free

The accusations against Facebook and WhatsApp were again brought into light by Congress Leader, Rahul Gandhi. The accusations of social media giants attacking “India’s democracy and social harmony” were made days after Congress wrote to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. This is the second time, Rahul Gandhi wrote to him concerning the allegations of being biased toward the ruling government of India, BJP. While the local media has taken a conservative approach to the issue, Rahul Gandhi points out that International Media has fully exposed the social media platform’s harsh intrusion into Indian democracy and social harmony. The Congress leader opined that a foreign company should not be allowed to intrude and interfere in our nation’s internal affairs. According to him, a proper investigation must take place and if found guilty, the parties should be punished.  

In the latest publication by one of the foreign media, Ankhi Das, a Facebook executive, didn’t apply and enforce hate speech rules on members of the ruling party. It has been reported that Ms. Das, the head of public policy in Facebook India, has over the years made many internal postings showing her support for the ruling BJP and against its rivals. Contained in the letter to Zuckerberg, were queries regarding the details on the necessary steps to be taken to investigate the alleged bias against BJP and informing them that they would be taking both legislative and judicial action against them to ensure that no foreign company could continue to cause social distress and disharmony for their private profits in the future.

 

Facebook as a response to the numerous allegations raised against them stated that they have always been an “open, transparent and non-partisan platform”, a platform that allows people to express freely without any restrictions. Meanwhile, amidst all the chaos, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad point towards the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which happened three years ago, one in which the Congress was caught red-handed along with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook for weaponizing data before elections. The matter at hand should be properly investigated thoroughly and any ties between BJP and Facebook should be cut down effective immediately. 

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Sep 2020 10:19am IST


Tags : Facebook, BJP, Ankhi Das, WhatsApp, Rahul Gandhi, Congress, Cambridge Analytica , Bias

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