Facebook, the biggest social media platform in India is facing accusations of promoting hate speech posts in India in favor of the Bhartiya Janata party after a report by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
The report claims that Ankhi Das, Facebook’s top public-policy executive in India, had opposed applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a member of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party. The report added that posts from at least three more members of BJP individuals and groups were flagged internally for “promoting or participating in violence.” via tech crunch.
BJP & RSS control Facebook & Whatsapp in India.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 16, 2020
They spread fake news and hatred through it and use it to influence the electorate.
Finally, the American media has come out with the truth about Facebook. pic.twitter.com/Y29uCQjSRP
Facebook responds to this issue, In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the platform prohibits hate speech and content that incites violence and that it enforces “these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position/party affiliation.” – “We’re making progress on enforcement and conducting regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy,”
BJP also responds to this issue and offers a wide range of responses including Indian National Congress’ link with Cambridge Analytica and accused Indian National Congress’ supposed alliance with Facebook itself to “weaponize data before the elections.”
Losers who cannot influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by BJP & RSS.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) August 16, 2020
You were caught red-handed in alliance with Cambridge Analytica & Facebook to weaponise data before the elections & now have the gall to question us? https://t.co/NloUF2WZVY
Both the parties are trying to accuse each other and Facebook faces heat India. For more updates stay tuned to our blog.