Fb has mentioned that it stays dedicated to be an open and clear platform, and permit individuals to precise themselves freely on the platform amid a raging row over the social media big’s alleged political bias. The feedback got here hours after its India Head of Fb Ajit Mohan appeared earlier than the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Data Know-how that’s wanting into alleged misuse of social media platforms.
“We thank the Honorable Parliamentary Committee for his or her time. We stay dedicated to be an open and clear platform, and to giving individuals voice and permitting them to precise themselves freely,” a Fb spokesperson mentioned in assertion. Particulars of what transpired throughout the closed-door listening to weren’t instantly recognized.
“In response to overwhelming media curiosity within the assembly of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Data Know-how… that is all I can say: We met for some three and a half hours and unanimously agreed to renew the dialogue later, together with with representatives of Fb,” the panel’s chief and senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor mentioned in a tweet on Wednesday.
Fb has been within the eye of a storm after a Wall Avenue Journal report alleged that Fb’s content material insurance policies favoured the ruling social gathering in India. Since then, the ruling BJP and Congress have been buying and selling barbs over social media big’s alleged bias.
Within the wake of the WSJ report, the Parliamentary panel had summoned Fb representatives to debate the difficulty of alleged misuse of the social media platform.
On Monday, a recent spherical of political slugfest began with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claiming that the worldwide media has “uncovered” Fb and WhatsApp’s “brazen assault” on India’s democracy and social concord.
WhatsApp is owned by Fb.
On Tuesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad additionally wrote to Fb chief Mark Zuckerberg accusing the social media platform’s staff of supporting individuals from a political predisposition that misplaced successive elections, and “abusing” Prime Minister and senior cupboard ministers.