“Facebook’s Interference in India’s Politics”, Ravishankar Prasad writes to Mark Zukerburg

In a letter written by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, India has raised the need for country specific community guidelines and said that as a transactional digital platform, Facebook must not only be fair and neutral, but also visibly seen to be so.

Writing the letter to Zuckerberg, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday raised worries over senior Facebook authorities who are on record abusing Prime Minister and other senior Ministers.

The letter comes in the wake of a controversy stoked by a report in the Wall Street Journal, alleging that Facebook showed a bias in not taking down content from the BJP supported pages or accounts that flouted norms and that its head of public policy in India, Ankhi Das, showed support for the BJP.

“I have been informed that in the run-up to 2019 general elections in India, there was a concerted effort by Facebook Indian management to not just delete pages or substantially reduce to reach but also offer no records or right of appeal to affected people who are supportive of the right of the Centre ideology. I’m also aware that dozens of emails written to Facebook management received no response,” the letter says.

He further in the letter alleged that right from Facebook India MD to other senior officials, all of them belong to a particular political belief. He also alleged that the Facebook India has become the latest tool in their arsenal to stoke internal divisions and social disturbances.

The Union Minister refered to various occasions where the web-based media stage has been utilized by radical components to destroy the social request of the nation to enlist individuals and gather them for violence.

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