Facebook is facing serious questions on the question of adopting double standards in India on hate speech. Political agitation has also increased in the country regarding this issue. The government has sent a long list of questions to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, laying siege to the social media giant. On the other hand, the Parliamentary Standing Committee attached to the Ministry of Information Technology has also been under increased pressure to take initiative in this matter.
According to IT Ministry sources, a comprehensive report is being prepared regarding the latest revelations related to hate speech on Facebook. For this, more than 25 questions have been asked by writing a letter to Facebook. The company has been asked why it is adopting double standards to curb hate speech in India. Also, what are the India-specific steps it has taken so that Facebook is not used to spread enmity?
A comparison has also been asked for its policy in other countries. Measures being taken in America, and spending in India to stop hate speech. This question is important in the sense that despite having 400 million FB users in India, the company spends 87% on preventing hate speech in the US.
According to information received by a Newspaper, a parliamentary committee headed by Congress MP from Kerala Shashi Tharoor will also take cognizance of the matter. After the disclosure of whistleblower Francis Hogen, the parliamentary committee can ask representatives of Facebook to testify, from asking Hogen to present his side or send his report. The government and the parliamentary committee are also under increasing pressure from civil society.
The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has written to the chairman of the IT committee, Tharoor. Its other members, demanding that Francis Hogen and Sophia Zhang. Who opened Facebook's raw blog, should also be called to know the truth inside Facebook. Hogen was quoted by the IFF as saying that despite India being one of the high-risk countries in terms of hate speech, Facebook has zero attention to the security of this market.
According to the letter, every hour between 10 and 15 lakh misinformation impressions are being recorded on Facebook in India. The committee has been demanded to summon Ajit Mohan, Vice President of Facebook in India so that a fair investigation can be conducted. The IFF has argued that the testimonies of whistleblowers. Hogen and Zhang have already been placed before parliamentary committees in the US and UK. Being the most affected by hate speech, India should also take this step.