In the article titled "Facebook, Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics Company executive opposed the move to ban controversial politician" reported the Wall Street Journal that Facebook looks the other way in cases of the hate speech and objectionable content for the BJP leaders. "While we know there is more to do, we're making progress on enforcement and conducting regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy".
The 49-year-old woman has alleged receiving death threats, which have been received online, to an article published last week in a foreign publication Wall Street Journal, which has claimed Facebook overlook hate speech by the BJP leader.
The development has led to the opposition Congress demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe and also triggered a war of words with the BJP. "Finally, the American media has come out with the truth about Facebook", Rahul Gandhi tweeted citing a media report. Following the Wall Street Journal's revelations Facebook, hurriedly deleted Singh's problematic statement and has removed his status as an official verified account.
Gandhi has accused the BJP and the RSS of spreading "fake news" using Facebook and WhatsApp to influence the electorate, triggering a sharp counter-attack from Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who reminded the opposition party of the Cambridge Analytica issue. For Facebook, India is the biggest market in terms of number of users.
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Indian politician T Raja Singh, who has called for shooting down Rohingya Muslim immigrants, declared Muslims traitors and threatened to raze mosques in Facebook posts and public appearances, continues to remain active on the social media platform despite its stringent laws against hate-speech.
In response to Rahul Gandhi's tweet accusing the BJP of controlling Facebook, Tharoor had also said that the parliamentary committee will consider testimony under the topic "Safeguarding citizens' rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms". In this regard, the spokesperson said that company was "still reviewing" whether it had to act against the BJP leader or take any other step.
"Losers who can not influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by BJP & RSS", he tweeted on Sunday.
Congress data Analytics Department Chairman Praveen Chakravorty had flagged the issue with the officials of the company, "I met with Facebook's Global Head of Government relations and elections on 17th July 2018 in America and discussed the issue of bias and partisanship of their India team".