Facebook India Chief Skips Hate Speech Hearing
Daniyal Sohail 4 days ago Tue 15th September 2020 | 05:18 PM
Facebook India's chief failed to appear Tuesday before a panel probing allegations that the social media giant failed to take action against hate speech, the committee's head said
New Delhi (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Sep, 2020 ) :Facebook India's chief failed to appear Tuesday before a panel probing allegations that the social media giant failed to take action against hate speech, the committee's head said.
Last week, a Delhi Assembly panel on peace and harmony had summoned Ajit Mohan, managing director of Facebook India, to determine if the social networking site deliberately ignored instances of hate speech on its social media platform.
The panel -- headed by lawmaker Raghav Chadha with the Aam Aadmi Party governing the Indian capital -- also said the firm should be probed over its "alleged role and complicity" in the sectarian Delhi riots in February which killed over 50 people, most of them minority Muslims.
But on Tuesday Mohan failed to appear, Chadha said.
"Fresh summons will be issued to it in line with principles of natural justice." A lawyer for Facebook said the summons was "untenable" as the matter was being heard separately by a parliamentary committee, a Delhi government source told AFP.
Facebook India was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
The firm has been embroiled in a huge row in India after the Wall Street Journal reported in August that the company failed to take down anti-Muslim comments by a politician from the ruling party in order to protect its business interests.
Facebook has denied any political bias but admitted it has to do better to curb hate speeches.