New Delhi: Indian Parliamentary Panel will question high profile Facebook’s executives over content moderation bias. As per reports, the panel on information technology will ask about how it regulates content in the country.
For this, Facebook has been summoned to appear on September 2nd, and the discussion with Facebook can last for 30 minutes.
This becomes more interesting as this questioning comes just days after a similar grilling of Mark Zuckerberg by a US Congress sub-committee. This social media giant has more than 300 million users in India. It clearly shows India is the biggest market for them.
This all happens after The Wall Street Journal published an article. In that article, WSJ alleged Facebook India turned a blind eye to hate speech by a BJP leader. As obvious, the report then shared by the Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi. He then attacks BJP and RSS by claiming that these are controlling Facebook and WhatsApp in India.
Indian Parliamentary Panel Will Question Facebook’s Executives
After that many voices from the opposition, start claiming that BJP spread fake news and influence the electorate. Even Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology would wish to hear from Facebook about the same.
And now the company’s top executives have to appear on Sept. 2 before the parliamentary panel, as per Reuter‘s Report. Actually, Facebook has long been under question for its content biasing, not just in India, but globally.
Facebook’s India Head Statment Amid Controversy
Meantime, Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan has written an online post on Friday, titled “We are open, transparent and non-partisan.”
In this post, Ajit Mohan claims that Facebook is a non-partisan platform that denounces hate and bigotry. “We take allegations of bias incredibly seriously, and want to make it clear that we denounce hate and bigotry in any form,” Mohan said in the post.