PTI, New Delhi
Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Monday, 25 October 2021 to 05:10 PM IST
Pawan Khera said that we are demanding a JPC inquiry to investigate the role of Facebook in influencing our elections. In addition, the BJP was also targeted.
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Pawan Kheda said Facebook was working as an ally of the BJP
A Congress spokesperson alleged that Facebook was allied with the ruling BJP and was pushing its agenda. Whistleblower Francis Hougen, who worked on Facebook, was quoted as saying that no decisive action had been taken against those who posted such hateful posts in Kheda, Hindi and Bengali.
He alleged that the Facebook internal report had identified more than a million fake accounts, though nothing had been done about it. “We demand a JPC inquiry into the role of Facebook in influencing our elections,” Kheda said.
Facebook is trying to undermine democracy
He accused Facebook of trying to compromise and weaken our democracy through fake posts to hurt public opinion. BJP activists and its allies have been accused of infiltrating Facebook’s structure and function. What right does Facebook have to promote certain ideology through fake posts, pictures and articles? Deleting just 0.2 percent of hate speech through Facebook is shocking. Despite making the most money from India, it has no mechanism on how to filter posts in Hindi or Bengali.
Khera said that only nine per cent of users in India are in English and they do not have a system to filter posts and content in regional languages. He alleged that there were doubts over the role of Facebook during the Delhi riots and the West Bengal elections. He said the role of Facebook in deliberately advancing the ruling party’s agenda of hate, bigotry and divisiveness could no longer be mistaken.