NEW DELHI : Facebook’s political inclination towards India’s Ruling party escalated when on Tuesday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote a letter concerning over “political predisposition” of the biggest social media company’s India Team to Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg.
IT Minister of India @rsprasad writes to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, says “it is problematic when Facebook employees are on record abusing the PM and senior ministers…the platform is being hijacked by a vested lobby that tries to enforce one world view and rejects diversity.” pic.twitter.com/19VSwzJSR6
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) September 1, 2020
This letter came as a defensive act after Congress attacked the Centre targeting Media Reports which claimed that Facebook Executive Ankhi Das publicly expressed her support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in both 2012 and 2014 Paraliamentary elections. Prasad expressed concern over “political predisposition” of few Facebook employees and imposed allegations of attacking PM Modi on them.
He said, “It is problematic when Facebook employees are on record ‘abusing’ the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet ministers of India while still working in Facebook India and managing important positions.”
He mentioned the documented case of “bias and inaction” which according to him is the result of dominant political beliefs of the individuals in India’s Facebook Team.
He said, “As a transnational digital platform, Facebook must not only be fair, but also visibly seen to be so, to users of diverse beliefs and ideologies.Individuals working in any organisation may have their likes and dislikes but that must not have any bearing on the public policies and performance of the organisation.”
He wrote in the letter, “It seems from credible media reports that Facebook India team, right from the India Managing Director to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a particular political belief. After having lost all democratic legitimacy, they are trying to discredit India’s democratic process by dominating the decision-making apparatus of important social media Platforms.”
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Facebook has become an internal tool to widen internal divisions and social disturbances.
Taking the reference of latest articles on recent controversies, he wrote, “The spate of recent anonymous, source-based reports is nothing but an internal power struggle within your company for an ideological hegemony.”