International Media Fully Exposed Facebook, WhatsApp’s Brazen Assault on India’s Democracy: Rahul

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Rahul Gandhi’s target on Facebook and WhatsApp. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi once again targetted Facebook and WhatsApp and accused the social media giant of attacking “India’s democracy and social harmony” on Tuesday.

In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said “International media have fully exposed Facebook’s & WhatsApp’s brazen assault on India’s democracy & social harmony. No one, let alone a foreign company, can be allowed to interfere in our nation’s affairs. They must be investigated immediately & when found guilty, punished.” He also attached a report by the Wall Street Journal along with tweet.

The latest report by the foreign publication claims that Facebook executive Ankhi Das didn’t apply hate speech rules on members of the ruling BJP.

After the Wall Street Journal expose about Facebook’s bias towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), American weekly news magazine Time has revealed that the social media giant is reluctant to police the members and supporters of the BJP as top officials of Facebook India and WhatsApp India have links with the ruling party.

Earlier, Congress has written to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday demanding to know the steps being taken by Facebook to investigate the serious charges that have come to light. The party has written to Zuckerberg twice in two tweeks.

“We urge you to let us know what steps your company is planning to take to investigate these matters… will also be pursuing legislative and judicial actions in India to ensure a foreign company cannot continue to cause social disharmony in our nation for pursuit of private profits,” the letter said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also shared an article by Time Magazine as he said it “exposes WhatsApp-BJP nexus” in a tweet same day.

Facebook has been summoned to appear on Sept. 2 before the Information Technology Panel, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, which considers issues like social media abuse. The discussion with Facebook is expected reportedly to last for 30 minutes.

 

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