Facebook’s Ankhi Das openly supported Modi, BJP and 2014 elections : WSJ Report

Facebook executive Ankhi Das amid political allegations on her in India, she continues to post and promote now Hindu ruling nationalist party, disparaging the rival and clashing with company’s rule to stay neutral and unbiased during election times all round the world.

According to a recent report by Wall Street Journal, In 2014 Paraliamentary elections a day before Narendra Modi emerged victorious Das wrote, “We lit a fire to his social media campaign and rest is of course is history. It’s taken 30 years of grassroot work to rid of state socialism finally.” She continued, “Mr Modi is the ‘strongman’ who had broken the former ruling party’s hold.”

One of the Facebook staff said, “sentiments and actions defined or described by Ms Das conflicted with the company’s long-standing neutrality pledge.”

WSJ also reported that Ms Das reportedly trained BJP workers for 2012 election campaigns. Das as according to the report, “emerged at Facebook in 2011, ‘a time when the social media giant was eager to demonstrate its utility in politics’.It rolled out training for several Indian political parties on how best to use the platform to mobilize supporters. One was Mr. Modi’s 2012 campaign for re-election as chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat.”

Report adds that Ankhi Das in 2012 had written Modi’s victory is the “success of the Gujarat Campaign” which has a million mark on Facebook.

Report added, “Mr. Modi soon launched his campaign for national office, with Facebook again offering training and assistance… Ms. Das made her sentiments on the race clear. When a fellow staffer noted in response to one of her internal posts that the BJP’s primary opponent, the Indian National Congress, had a larger following on Facebook than Mr. Modi’s individual page, Ms. Das responded: “Don’t diminish him by comparing him with INC. Ah well—let my bias not show.”

Reports by WSJ proved that Comany was biased towards BJP government supporting fake pages and accounts, “In another incident, which hasn’t been previously reported, Facebook declined to act after discovering that the BJP was circumventing its political ad transparency requirements, according to people familiar with the matter,”

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