Alibaba and its founder have been summoned by the Indian court in an inquiry in which a former employee of them has blamed them for terminating him in an unjustified manner after he objected against the censorship and fake news he saw on the company apps.
The former worker of UC Web Pushpandra Singh Parmar has alleged that the Chinese firm used to censor the content critical against China. Apps like UC Browser and UC News displayed fake news “to cause social and political turmoil”.
The court has summoned Alibaba, Jack Ma, and the number of company different units asking them to appear in court on July 29 individually or either through a lawyer. Also written responses by companies, top executives within 30 days has been ordered by the court.
Reacting to this UC India said, “unwavering in its commitment to the Indian market and the welfare of its local employees, and its policies are in compliance with local laws. We are unable to comment on ongoing litigation”
No one from Alibaba or their behalf has commented on the issue yet. Parmar until October 2107 used to work as an associate director at the UC Web office located in Gurugram and is demanding a compensation of $268000 for his damages.
In court, Parmar has brought several posts by UC News app that he alleges are false. One such post read: “2,000-rupee notes to be banned from midnight today”. In another post of 2018, the headline read “Just now: War broke out between India and Pakistan” and also narrated the firing across the conflicted border.
The court filing also added, “In order to control any news related content to be published against China was automatically/manually rejected by an audit system evolved for this purpose,”