Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor, the head of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT), will look into a report published by a US daily that read,“ Facebook’s top policy executive in India didn’t apply hate speech-related rules to posts by groups linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.
The committee secretariat will be writing to the social media giant on Monday, demanding an ‘explanation’ for these major allegations, the report further stated.
The mentioned the Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, quoting, “I will certainly look into the issue and the committee will seek Facebook’s views”.
The controversy started when a report in the Wall Street Journal disclosed certain comments from Facebook India’s Public Policy Director, Ankhi Das.
She had told her staff members that punishing ‘violations’ by BJP leaders would hurt its business prospects in the world’s second-most populous nation, which is Facebook’s biggest global market by a number of users.
The WSJ report cited a Facebook post by BJP MLA T Raja Singh, which was rumored to not have been taken down after Ankhi Das intervened, despite the post being offensive towards the Muslim community.
The development has led to the opposition demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe resulting in yet another showdown between BJP & Congress.