Staff Reporter |TDN World
New Delhi – Days after Wall Street Journal reveals how Facebook India shielded BJP leaders over hate speech posts and favored the saffron party on election-related issues, Welfare Party writes to Zuckerberg for conducting a high level enquiry into the matter.
Referring to the Wall Street Journal’s article, which created a huge outcry in India, triggering protests from civil societies, right activists and politicians, Dr SQR Ilyas, Welfare Party of India’s National President said in the letter, ” The defamatory, dubious and objectionable role played by Facebook India is inexcusable, targeting one particular community, polarising indian society and greatly influencing electoral democracy.”
On August 15, Wall Street Journal, an International newspaper based in America, published an article alleging that Facebook India’s Public Policy Chief Ankhi Das prevented facebook from applying hate speech law against the Hindu nationalist leaders attached to the ruling BJP Party.
The article also took note of BJP MLA T. Raja’s incendiary speeches, where he said Rohingya Muslim immigrants should be shot and called Muslims traitors and threatened to tear down mosques.
In his letter to Facebook CEO Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, Dr Ilyas recounted that the identity and strength of India – the largest democracy in the world- lies in its century-long ethos of diversity and pluralism.
“Facebook which was launched as a people’s social media platform is allegedly causing irreparable damage to that plural structure and polity,” said Mr. Ilyas.
Facebook has 280 million users in India, the higest customer-base in the world, while U.S (190 million), Idonesia (130 million), Brazil (120 million) and Mexico (86 million) stand out to be the other top four countries.
Taking recognition of facebook’s biggest global market in India, WPI called on the social media platform to “strictly adhere to its company policy and remain free from bias and prejudice.”
In his letter to Zuckerberg, Dr SQR Ilyas demanded immediate expulsion of Ankhi Das and a high level inquiry into the matter.
” We demand that a high level inquiry be conducted and Ms Ankhi Das, Director Public Policy Executive in susended with immediate effect, who told the staff members that “punishing violations” by BJP politicians “would damage the company’s business prospects in the country.”