The Trinamool Congress has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg elevating the issue of alleged bias of the social media big towards the BJP, and claimed that there’s sufficient proof in public area to substantiate this cost.
Party MP Derek O’Brien, who has written the letter to Zuckerberg, additionally makes a reference to an earlier assembly between the 2, the place some of these considerations had been raised.
Sources within the celebration stated that O’Brien met Zuckerberg in October 2015 in Delhi.
“We, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), India’s second-largest opposition party, have had serious concerns about Facebook’s role during the 2014 and 2019 general elections in India,” O’Brien wrote within the letter dated August 31, accessed by PTI.
“With the elections within the Indian state of West Bengal simply months away, your organization’s latest blocking of Facebook pages and accounts in Bengal additionally factors to the hyperlink between Facebook and the BJP. There is enough material now in the public domain, including internal memos of senior Facebook management, to substantiate the bias,” he wrote.
The Rajya Sabha MP additionally knowledgeable the CEO of Facebook that the matter was raised by the celebration in Parliament in June final yr.
“This was carried out throughout the dialogue on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address. We are enclosing the related portion (video) of that Parliamentary speech, together with this letter.
“We were optimistic that the issues and concerns we raised on the floor of Parliament 14 months ago would empower other political parties and the media to also address this substantive issue, he said in the letter, adding, “The latest sequence of articles that appeared within the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Time Magazine and others, vindicate our stand.”
O’Brien also states that he had met Zuckerberg a few years ago and expressed his concerns over some of these issues and urged him “within the curiosity of transparency, to examine these critical costs in opposition to Facebook’s senior administration in India”.
“Please do all it takes to urgently work towards maintaining the integrity of your platform in the Indian electoral process,” the letter states.
Earlier, the Congress celebration had written to Zuckerberg, demanding a probe into the alleged bias and interference of the social media big’s India management crew within the nation’s electoral democracy, even because the BJP had taken a swipe on the opposition celebration, saying any organisation that doesn’t work to its liking is accused of appearing beneath BJP-RSS stress.
An enormous political row broke out after a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) final week alleged that senior Facebook executives had opposed making use of hate speech guidelines to posts by sure BJP leaders.
Last month, a Facebook spokesperson had stated, “We prohibit hate speech and content material that incites violence and we implement these insurance policies globally with out regard to anybody”s political place or celebration affiliation.
“While we know there is more to do, we’re making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy.
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