The Union IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, wrote to the social media giant, Facebook, alleging that Facebook’s platform is being used by some special groups to create “social disturbances and internal differences” in the society.
The letter was written to the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg with strong words where India raised the necessity for the specific community guidelines.
This letter was written in relation to the controversy that came to the public domain in the form of a report in the Wall Street Journal. The report alleged that the company showed a biased behavior by not removing and taking proper action on the content posted using the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supported pages. According to the report in the Wall Street Journal, the content posted by the page violated Facebook’s guidelines.
Ravi Shankar Prasad also raised the issue that the company employees operating campaigns degrade the democratic ambiance of India. He said in the letter that individuals working in any organization may have their personal opinions, likes, dislikes, or points of view but one must not show it in the public bearing organization like Facebook. He further added that with credible media sources it is looking like the Facebook India team is being controlled and dominated by a particular political belief people.
Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that people from a particular party, after losing all the democratic legitimacy are now trying to spoil India’s democratic process by interfering in the decision-making process of the company.
Earlier on Saturday, the main opposition party, Congress also wrote to the company asking for the steps taken by Facebook regarding the allegations of supporting BJP on its platform.
The minister also talked about the problematic behavior of the company employees, who are sitting on important positions and are abusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.