In the middle of ranging conversations and heated debates over political bias and constant interference on a social media platform, Facebook, the Telecom and IT Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote an uncompromising letter to Facebook’s giant, Mark Zuckerberg.
According to reports, the letter has been written to accuse Facebook’s employees of “on record abusing.”
As per the letter written, Facebook was “hijacked by a vested lobby that abhors free speech and tries to enforce one worldview and rejects diversity”. Source: Times of India.
Further, the letter reads- “It seems from credible media reports that the Facebook India team, right from the India managing director to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a particular political belief. People from this political pre-disposition have been overwhelmingly defeated by the people in successive free and fair elections. After having lost all democratic legitimacy, they are trying to discredit India’s democratic process by dominating the decision-making apparatus of important social media platforms. Facebook is the latest tool in their arsenal to stoke internal divisions and social disturbances,” Source: Times of India.
The letter highlights the differences between the government and Facebook after facing a CBI inquiry on the Cambridge Analytica data breach matter.
While raising worrying concerns over the functioning of Facebook, Parsad wrote- “I have been informed that in the run-up to the 2019 general elections in India, there was a concerted effort by the Facebook India management to not just delete pages or substantially reduce their reach but also offer no recourse or right of appeal to the affected people who are supportive of right-of-centre ideology. I am also aware that dozens of emails written to Facebook management received no response.” Source: Times of India.
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