Facebook Bans BJP MLA Raja Singh for ‘Spreading Violence and Hatred’
Hate Speech has been under pressure in various quarters for a week and this time Facebook took strict action. BJP MLA T Raja Singh has been banned from Facebook and Instagram for spreading violence and hatred through posted content.
A Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement, “We have banned Raja Singh for violating Facebook’s policy.” It is our policy to ban those who spread violence and hatred from our platform.
The process of reviewing the policy violators has been intensified, as a result of which Raja Singh’s account has been banned from Facebook, the statement said.
Indian politics is now in the midst of a debate over who makes political gains by dismantling Facebook. The debate intensified on Wednesday. Facebook is running a political campaign on behalf of the BJP, an allegation made earlier by the opposition.
Trinamool Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien wrote a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg about this. Opposition lawmakers raised the issue at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on the same day.
Ajit Mohan, the managing director of Facebook India, has been angered by the MPs of both the anti-ruling parties. However, Ajit claims that Facebook is not taking sides in any country.
Trinamool MP Mahua Maitra questioned the role of Facebook in West Bengal. While Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was delivering her speech, Mahua asked Ajit Mohan why his live broadcast was blocked on the Facebook account of Trinamool supporters.
Mahua also raised questions about several posts He alleged that such posts were being promoted to benefit the BJP. Mohan assured to find out the details in this regard.
On this day, while the opposition is taking Facebook to the matter, the BJP MPs counter-complained that Ajit Mohan has a direct connection with the Congress camp. However, by denying the allegations, Mohan said he was in no way associated with the Congress.
However, several of the organizations he has worked for in the past have been involved in campaigning for Congress.
Locket Chatterjee, a BJP MP from Bengal, also spoke about the role of Facebook in the meeting. The role of Facebook in stopping the spread of fake news and hate speech is not appropriate, he complained.