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Delhi Assembly Panel Summons Facebook Official Over Hate Speech Complaints
The Delhi assembly peace panel, in its summon yet again referred to an article published by the foreign publication- The Wall Street Journal - last month.
Delhi Assembly Panel Summons Facebook Offical Over Hate Speech Complaints
New Delhi: Facebook India Vice-President and managing director Ajit Mohan has been summoned bt the Dehi Assembly's peace and harmony committee in connection with complaints about the social media company's alleged “deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content” in the country.
The panel headed by the AAP leader and MLA from Rajendra Nagar Raghab Chadha has issued a notice asking Mohan to appear before September 15 on Delhi Vidhan Sabha premises.
“The summons was issued on the basis of scathing depositions of key witnesses as well as incriminating material submitted by them on record,” the committee said in an official statement Saturday.
However the notice came weeks after the committee in its second hearing on August 31 has said that the prima facie it had found the Facebook was complicit in aggravating the Delhi violence in the northeast Delhi, that left 53 dead and over 400 injured.
Meanwhile, the committee is investigating the matter after it took cognizance of "several complaints" received from people based in the article published in the Wall Street Journal.
The report titled Facebook hate speech rules collide with Indian politics’ stated that Facebook officials allegedly cited business imperatives while choosing not to apply the hate-speech rule at least four individuals and groups linked with the BJP in India.
“We hereby summon you (Ajit Mohan) to appear before the committee on September 15, 2020, at 12 Noon at MLA Lounge- 1, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, for the purpose of recording your deposition on oath and participating in the proceedings carried out by the committee,” read the summons issued by Delhi Assembly’s deputy secretary on September 10.