On Saturday, the main opposition party, Congress Party, wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking if steps have been taken by the company regarding charges of favoring the BJP party on its platform. This was for the second time when the party wrote to the company.
About the letter
The letter written by the Congress party to Facebook referred to an article by TIME magazine on “how Facebook enforces its hate speech policies when the accused are members” of the ruling party, and the alleged misuse of Facebook and WhatsApp to “spread hate speech and misinformation that have been blamed for helping to incite deadly attacks on minority groups”.
The main purpose of writing the letter to the company’s CEO for the second time in a month was to know about the steps that the company is planning to take in this matter.
In its letter, the Congress party also warned the company to involve legislative and judicial actions in the said matter as a foreign company like Facebook cannot bring disharmony in the country.
The Congress party also clarified why it wrote for the second time in a month because of new disclosures made public by another media publication.
Commenting on this matter, KC Venugopal, Congress General Secretary alleged: a “quid-pro-quo relationship” between BJP and Facebook India which means something for something relationship between the ruling party and the social media giant.
Rahul Gandhi took it to Twitter and claimed that the ruling party BJP is allowed to exercise control of WhatsApp India operations and in favor, the party will give possible license for the Whatapp’s payment options as the company is coming out with a digital payment operation called WhatsApp Pay in India, for which Whatsapp needs several clearances from the ruling government.
Moreover, the data shared by Facebook’s tracker app, BJP stood as the largest advertiser on Facebook India since February 2019.