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Delhi riots: Facebook official grilled for data

The Delhi Assembly panel has heard seven witnesses while examining the role of social media platforms in instigating mobs for the Delhi riots

A committee of the Delhi Assembly asked Facebook India on 18 November to furnish records of users’ “reports” (complaints) on the content posted on the platform one month prior and two months after the Delhi riots, unleashed by Muslims in the name of ‘democratic’ protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), in February 2020.

Hearing a representation by Shivnath Thukral, the public policy director of Facebook India (Meta Platforms), Chairman of the Peace and Harmony Committee Raghav Chadha asked for the records in the assembly.

Chadha quizzed the Facebook official regarding the organizational structure, the complaints redress mechanism, community standards, and hate speech definitions with respect to the social media giant.

Ironically, the topmost leaders of the AAP are themselves not above board in the case of the Delhi riots.

Thukral said Facebook was not a law enforcement agency but had a mechanism to cooperate with such agencies whenever required.

“When things happen in the real world, they reflect on our platform as well. We do not want hate on our platform. There are some bad actors that need to be worked on,” the Meta official said during the hearing.

Thukral said Facebook had 40,000 people working on content management, including 15,000 dealing with content moderation. Any content found against the community standards followed by the platform is taken down immediately, he claimed.

The committee had issued a summons to Facebook India to put forward its views on the critical role of social media platforms in curbing the spread of false, provocative and malicious messages that can incite violence and disharmony.

The panel has so far heard seven witnesses while examining the role of social media platforms in connection with the northeast Delhi riots that claimed over 50 lives and left hundreds of people injured in February 2020.

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Officials of Facebook India on 18 November, appeared before the Delhi Assembly Committee of Peace and Harmony in connection with the riots that rocked Northeast Delhi in 2020.

Among other things, the company’s officials were questioned about the religious affiliation of the India public policy team and board of directors.

Responding to the question from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha, who heads the panel, the director of Facebook India’s Public Policy stated that his company did not “maintain records regarding the number of religious minority employees as the law of land doesn’t allow that”.


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