Union IT Minister Writes To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alleges ‘Political Bias’

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New Delhi (TF Bureau): Amid the allegations of a secret understanding between the ruling-BJP and Facebook India executive Ankhi Das, the Union Minister for IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg alleging that the management of Facebook India is bias against people supporting the right-of-centre ideology.

He wrote that apart from being fair, Facebook should “visibly seen to be so, to users of diverse beliefs and ideologies”.

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “I have been informed that in the run-up to 2019 General Elections in India, there was a concerted effort by Facebook India management to not just delete pages of substantially reduce their reach but also offer no recourse or right of appeal to affected people who are supportive of the right-of-centre ideology.”

He further said that dozens of emails written to Facebook management received no response.

Describing the instances as bias and inaction, the minister said that it is the outcome of the “dominating political beliefs of individuals in Facebook India team”.

Prasad also alleged that the Facebook India team, right from the India Managing Director to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a “particular” political belief.

Hitting out at the Indian National Congress, he wrote, “People from this political predisposition have been overwhelmingly defeated by the people in successive free and fair elections.”

Facebook is the “latest tool in their arsenal” to stoke internal division and social disturbances, alleged the Union Minister.

“To respect the social, religious, cultural and linguistic diversity of India, Facebook should put in place country-specific Community Guidelines,” the Union Minister added.

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