Congress big allegation: Facebook is trying to influence elections in the country, JPC inquiry should be held

PTI, New Delhi

Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Monday, 25 October 2021 to 05:10 PM IST

Summary

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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The Congress has accused Facebook of influencing the Indian elections and undermining democracy. Congress has demanded that a US parliamentary committee investigate the matter. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera has raised the internal report of the social media giant not to take action on hate speech posts on the Facebook platform in India, saying that Facebook has turned itself into a fake book. There has been no response from Facebook India on these allegations.

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 identified more than a million fake accounts, but did nothing about it. “We demand a JPC inquiry into the role of Facebook in influencing our elections,” Kheda said.

Facebook is trying to undermine democracy
Allegedly, Facebook is trying to compromise and weaken our democracy through fake posts to manipulate public opinion. He alleged that BJP activists and its allies had infiltrated the structure and functioning of Facebook. What right does Facebook have to promote certain ideology through fake posts, pictures and articles? It is shocking that only 0.2 per cent of Facebook removes hate speech. 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 could no longer be mistaken as it was deliberately advancing the agenda of the ruling party, which divides society with hatred, bigotry and its ideology.

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The Congress has accused Facebook of influencing the Indian elections and undermining democracy. Congress has demanded that a US parliamentary committee investigate the matter. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera has raised the internal report of the social media giant that Facebook has turned itself into a fake book and has not initiated action on hate speech posts on the Facebook platform. There has been no response from Facebook India on the allegations.

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.

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