close
BusinessTechnology

Facebook’s Hate-Speech Policy

The Fallout

The chaos in connection to Facebook and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has recently been in limelight. The US media is questioning the ties between the camps. Huge distress scaled when Facebook chose to ignore the rules and regulations of hate speech thus showing a bias towards the ruling party.

Ankhi Das, in-charge of the team managing the contents uploaded on the platform had turned a blind-eye to a hate speech posted by a BJP member. Das did not take any action because she feared a negative impact on the company’s business prospects with India.

Further agitation raised among the Congress leaders wanting a fair probe into Facebook’s operation. They claimed Facebook’s content policies favour the party in action.

Endorsing communal hate

BJP legislator, T Raja Singh on August, 2018 targeted the community of Rohingya Muslims by using the social media platform. He branded them as terrorists who should be killed. Singh also threatened to destroy the mosques. When questioned, he chose to stand by his insensitive comments.               

“I stand by my earlier remarks that Rohingya Muslims should be sent away if they are indulging in anti-national activities.”

To his defense

When the media interrogated him on posting provocative content, Mr Singh denied of having a Facebook account. He also shared a copy of complaint stating his Facebook account was hacked during election, 2018.

“Sometimes I go to public meetings and talk in style. My followers might have uploaded those videos”-Mr Singh.

“I do not have any FB account now. Many of my followers or party activists may be running pages on my name or posting videos and I cannot be held responsible for that. I do not have any control on them,”

The WSJ report alleged T Singh(BJP MLA in Telengana Assembly for introducing hate speech- ‘calling for violence against minorities.’

In addition,The Wall Street Journal accounted the ignorance of an Indian officer at Facebook to prevent any damage to the business prospects of the company. Ankhi Das intervened on behalf of Singh and goes on to show Facebook’s favoritism towards the Prime Minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu hard-liners-as per Wall Street Journal.

IT Minister slams Rahul Gandhi’s Allegations!

Rahul Gandhi, member of Indian National Congress also attacked Facebook for its intentional bias towards the members of ruling party.

Further , Gandhi posted an article of the Wall Street Journal to support “BJP & RSS control Facebook & Whatsapp in India. They spread fake news and hatred through it and use it to influence the electorate. Finally, the American media has come out with the truth about Facebook.”

Union Minister tweets

Conversely, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad diplomatically responded –

“Losers who cannot influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by BJP & RSS. You were caught red-handed in alliance with Cambridge Analytica & Facebook to weaponize data before the elections & now have the gall to question us?” Prasad went on to claim, “The fact is that today, access to information and freedom of expression has been democratized. It is no longer controlled by retainers of your family and that is why it hurts. Btw, haven’t yet heard your condemnation of the Bangalore riots. Where did your courage disappear?”

Gimmick to catalyze election prospects?

In light of the issue, former employees claimed that Das favored BJP keeping election strategy in mind.

According to sources, employees quoted “In April of last year, days before polling began in India’s general election, Facebook announced it had taken down inauthentic pages tied to Pakistan’s military and the Congress party, BJP’s main rival. But it didn’t disclose the removed pages with false news tied to the BJP because Ms. Das intervened.”

The platform deleted several inappropriate posts of Singh and MP Anant kumar Hegde of BJP after Wall Street Journal reporters addressed misuse.

“Facebook deleted some of Mr. Singh’s posts after the Journal asked about them. It said Mr. Singh no longer is permitted to have an official, verified account, designated with a blue check mark badge,” the report notes.

“While Twitter has suspended Mr. Hegde’s account as a result of such [anti-Muslim] posts, prompting him to call for an investigation of the company, Facebook took no action until the Journal sought comment from the company about his “Corona Jihad” posts. Facebook removed some of them.Mr. Hegde didn’t respond to a request for comment.”

Consequence

A Facebook spokesperson reassured that the company’s policy is independent of any political stance. He stated “We prohibit hate speech and content that incites violence and we enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position or party affiliation. While we know there is more to do, we’re making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy,”. As a result, Facebook banned T.Raja by calling him a “dangerous individual,” on Thursday.Any access to facebook or twitter shall be denied to the BJP MLA from now on. Subsequently, he said that he will request Facebook to give him a new id and promised to follow the rules further.

Similar conflicts

Cambridge Analytica , a data analytics firm, planned a data leak of millions of users without their consent, in early 2018. A personality quiz app aided in grabbing the data. Political advertisement being the primary idea behind all.The exact record of accessed accounts are yet unknown. Subsequently, a request to delete Facebook with #DeleteFacebook followed.

References:

https://thewire.in/politics/bjp-facebook-india-modi

Also Read:

https://thewire.in/media/facebook-hate-speech-guidelines-india-study

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/data-breach-how-will-the-biggest-scandal-that-facebook-is-mired-in-affect-its-credibility-in-india/articleshow/63446048.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Codepth

The author Codepth

134 Comments

  1. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.
    I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back
    someday. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts,
    have a nice weekend!

    Here is my page … Lynn

  2. I?m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that?s both
    equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the
    head. The issue is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy that I came across this during my search for something regarding this.

    My website: cannabis doctor

  3. We would like to thank you just as before for the stunning
    ideas you offered Jeremy when preparing her own post-graduate research in addition to, most importantly, pertaining to providing the many ideas
    within a blog post. Provided that we had known of your web
    site a year ago, i’d have been rescued from the unwanted measures we
    were selecting. Thanks to you.

    my homepage … skilled drug

  4. I haven’t checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist.
    You deserve it my friend 🙂

    Also visit my web page; eating healthier

  5. I?m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that?s both educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail
    on the head. The problem is something which too few folks
    are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I stumbled across
    this during my hunt for something regarding this.

    My webpage; protein source

  6. Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site.
    I stumbledupon it 😉 I may revisit once again since i have book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue
    to guide other people.

    Stop by my homepage :: weight loss goals

  7. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you
    wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

    Feel free to visit my web page :: oil swishing

  8. you’re actually a excellent webmaster. The website loading
    speed is amazing. It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
    Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have done a great job on this matter!

    Feel free to visit my web page; adhd pill

  9. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and
    say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer
    but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you
    have any suggestions for inexperienced blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

    Also visit my page: eat non-processed foods

  10. I am curious to find out what blog platform you have been working with?
    I’m having some minor security issues with
    my latest site and I’d like to find something more risk-free.
    Do you have any solutions?

    Here is my web-site: oil swishing

  11. Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your site
    is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you’ve on this web site.

    It reveals how nicely you understand this subject.

    Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles.
    You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and just
    could not come across. What a great web site.

    Here is my blog post: find easy diets

  12. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
    If you know of any please share. Cheers!

    Also visit my webpage :: weight loss plan

  13. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or something. I think that you can do with
    some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that,
    this is wonderful blog. An excellent read.
    I’ll certainly be back.

    my website :: Elyse

  14. First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick
    question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested
    to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.

    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like
    the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Thank you!

    Feel free to surf to my web-site :: cannabis seeds exist

  15. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to
    do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great diet foods though!
    Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Many thanks

  16. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you might be
    a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will
    eventually come back later in life. I want to encourage continue
    your great work, have a nice weekend!

    My website :: http://www.zgyssyw.com

  17. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your
    website is wonderful, let alone the content! 0mniartist asmr (j.mp)

  18. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is
    written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble.
    You’re incredible! Thanks!

    Feel free to visit my webpage; off asmr

  19. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this
    hike.

    my blog post :: but gamefly

  20. Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog
    and I’m inspired! Extremely useful info specially the ultimate section 🙂 I deal with such information much.
    I was seeking this certain info for a very lengthy time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

    Look into my page – asmr (http://tinyurl.com)

  21. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest
    authoring on other websites? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate
    your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

    Feel free to surf to my web site – asmr in

  22. scoliosis
    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is
    added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service?

    Thank you! scoliosis (j.mp)

  23. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just
    posting videos to your blog when you could be giving
    us something enlightening to read?

    Review my homepage; with scoliosis surgery

  24. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really
    nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road.

    Many thanks

    Also visit my blog – Dannielle

  25. I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your information. The article has really peaked my interest.
    I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

    Feel free to visit my web page :: Curtis

  26. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this article is awesome,
    great written and include almost all significant infos.
    I’d like to peer more posts like this .

    Here is my webpage Zac

  27. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after looking at some of the posts I realized it’s new to
    me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

    my homepage; Abe

  28. Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks

    Feel free to visit my webpage – ps4 games our (j.mp)

  29. Tremendous issues here. I’m very happy to look your article.
    Thank you so much and I’m taking a look forward to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

    Take a look at my blog post – ps4 games was [tinyurl.com]

  30. Hi there, I do believe your blog could possibly be having web browser compatibility problems.
    Whenever I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however,
    when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from
    that, great blog!

    Also visit my web site; is ps4 games

  31. There are some attention-grabbing cut-off dates on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity however I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as properly

  32. Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all significant infos.
    I would like to see extra posts like this .

    My web blog … it quest bars (t.co)

  33. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a
    tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and
    Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and
    asmr (bit.ly) I’m
    looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for
    being off-topic but I had to ask!

  34. Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog.

    Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to
    begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

    Also visit my site :: asmr when (bitly.com)

  35. wonderful submit, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of
    this sector don’t understand this. You must continue your writing.
    I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    my website; that asmr (bit.ly)

  36. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with
    my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Cheers

    Also visit my web page :: asmr off (bit.ly)

Leave a Response

You cannot copy the content of this page!