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Case Registered Against Facebook Official for Allegedly Refusing Censorship Against BJP Leaders

Lawstreet Journal 20 Aug 2020 3:17am

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The Public Policy Director of Facebook India, Ankhi Das, along with two others, has been named in a FIR filed by a Raipur-based journalist on Tuesday(August 18, 2020) for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and inciting communal animosity. The other two who have been named in the FIR are Ram Sahu, a resident of Mungeli in Chhattisgarh, and Indore resident Vivek Sinha.

The Chhattisgarh Police has said that the FIR was registered in Raipur based on the complaint of Awesh Tiwari who is the State Bureau Chief of a local news channel. The FIR has alleged that Ankhi Das “pressured her employees to not take down several hate-speech posts prior to the Lok Sabha elections”. He mentions that this was done in order to maintain the company’s commercial interest in India. 

Tiwari stated that he had put up a post related to an article published in The Wall Street Journal on his Facebook timeline on 16th August. The article talks about Facebook’s bias towards the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) by refusing censorship against hate-speech posts by the BJP leaders. However, the social media giant has contended that its policies are enforced globally without any regard to political affiliation. “There were comments over the facts of the story, which was published in the newspaper (WSJ). I have also mentioned the role of Ankhi Das, which was there in the story. The story mentioned that Das was forcing her subordinates not to remove hate speech posts from Facebook before last year’s Lok Sabha election… Continue Reading...

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