News By/Courtesy: kriti kaushal | 02 Sep 2020 15:39pm IST


  • Ravi Shankar Prasad
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  • 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 views and opinions in the exercise o

Information technology Minister of India, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote a letter to the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday raising serious concerns over what he described as a bias against the Centre's right ideology among individuals working in the Indian office of the social media platform. He sent a message to the company to consider laying down specific community guidelines in India for a platform that is been used by 280 million Indians. Mr. Prasad wrote this letter to the Facebook chief executive for the allegations made by the opposition based on pro-government bias against Facebook. He also raised the issue of third-party fact-checkers which will signal the way forward for all social media platforms.


In his letter, Mr. Prasad stated that the  Facebook employees on record have been abusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its senior cabinet ministers while still working and managing important position in India and also brought to notice how the political biases of individuals are impinging on the freedom of speech of millions of Indian people. Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed that when individual works in an organization he may have personal dislikes or likes but that should not have an effect on the public policy of the organization and also stated that according to him he feels that from all the credible media reports, the Facebook India team right from India's managing director to other senior official is dominated by their personal political belief.


Facebook India declined to comment on the letter written by Mr. Prasad. Where on the other side the former Congress President Rahul Gandhi is accusing Facebook of favoring BJP alleging the firm was controlled by RSS in India. Mr. Prasad also said that he has been informed during the 2019 general election in India, Facebook made a concerted effort to not just delete pages or substantially reduce the reach but also offer no recourse or right of appeal to the effective people who were supportive of the right of Centre ideology and there were lots of letters written to Facebook management but they did not respond to any.


Therefore, he added that in order to respect the social, religious, cultural, and linguistic and diversity of India Facebook should put in place some country-specific community guidelines. When taken the opinion of legal experts they expressed that no digital platforms have country-specific community guidelines. The users on these platforms are not restricted by geography. Hence the nature of the content and the sharing is occurring globally but although Facebook does include "caste" as a protected group and will be censoring hate speech on its platform based on caste.

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 | 03 Sep 2020 11:58am IST

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