September 27, 2020

Congress Writes to Mark Zuckerberg Once more over Fb India’s Political ‘Bias’, Seeks Parliamentary Probe



A report in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month had brought to fore similar allegations of bias, which were strongly rejected by both Facebook and the BJP. (Reuters)

A report within the Wall Avenue Journal earlier this month had dropped at fore comparable allegations of bias, which have been strongly rejected by each Fb and the BJP. (Reuters)

The Congress letter got here after an article in ‘Time journal’, which the opposition get together claimed “revealed” extra info and “proof of biases and a quid professional quo relationship” of Fb India with the BJP.

The Congress on Saturday wrote to Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the second time in a month, asking what steps have been being taken on repeated allegations in regards to the international social media big’s India unit being biased in the direction of the ruling BJP.

At a press convention, the opposition get together additionally demanded an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the alleged “hyperlinks of Fb workers and the ruling institution”.


The Congress’ letter to Zuckerberg came to visit an article in Time journal, which the opposition get together claimed “revealed” extra info and “proof of biases and a quid professional quo relationship” of Fb India with the Bharatiya Janata Occasion. There was no rapid response from Fb or the BJP on the allegations. A report within the Wall Avenue Journal earlier this month had dropped at fore comparable allegations, which have been strongly rejected by each Fb and the BJP.

Tagging the Time journal report, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed in a tweet that it exposes the “WhatsApp-BJP nexus”. “Utilized by 40 Cr Indians, WhatsApp additionally desires for use for making funds for which Modi Authorities’s approval is required. Thus, BJP has a maintain over WhatsApp,” he alleged, with out elaborating.

Widespread messaging app WhatsApp can be owned by Fb. In his letter to Zuckerberg, Congress common secretary organisation, KC Venugopal, referred to his earlier letter dated August 17 during which the get together had requested the US-based firm to analyze the allegations made within the Wall Avenue Journal article that the social media platform refused to use hate speech guidelines to sure BJP politicians.

“We draw your consideration to the article in Time journal dated August 27 that reveals extra info and proof of biases and a quid-pro-quo relationship of Fb India with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion,” Venugopal mentioned within the new letter dated August 29 and requested for particulars of steps being taken by the group. “We will even be pursuing legislative and judicial actions in India to make sure that a international firm can not proceed to trigger social disharmony in our nation for his or her pursuit of personal income,” he mentioned.

On the get together’s press convention, spokesperson Pawan Khera and AICC knowledge analytics division chief Praveen Chakravarty known as for an “exhaustive and unbiased investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee between the endless hyperlinks of Fb workers and the ruling institution”. “The investigation should embody how Fb manipulated voter opinion, allowed hate speech and was oblivious to pretend information, even once they have been in clear violation of their very own rules,” they mentioned in a press release.

“WhatsApp can’t be granted approvals for its cost operations till the inquiry is full and the beneficial actions are taken by the corporate,” Khera and Chakravarty mentioned. Additionally they demanded that the report of the investigation ordered by Fb into the conduct of its Indian unit be made public.

(With inputs from PTI)

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