An article by a foreign publication has alleged that Facebook overlooks hate speech by BJP leaders, became the latest point of discord between the Congress and the BJP today.
The Congress posted the article as evidence of the alleged social media manipulation by the BJP. The BJP quoted the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and said the Congress should not point fingers.
In the article titled “Facebook Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics — the Company executive opposed move to ban controversial politician”, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook turns an in cases of hate speech and objectionable content from leaders and workers of the ruling BJP.
It reported that an executive of the social media giant had said punishing violations by BJP workers “would damage the company’s business prospects in the country”. Current and former employees have said that the article said Facebook has a “broader pattern of favouritism” towards the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi has been targeting the BJP every day on social media over its handling of the Coronavirus, the state of the economy and the violence in Ladakh tweeted
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. pic.twitter.com/Y29uCQjSRP
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 16, 2020