The New Delhi Assembly’s panel on peace and harmony summoned the head of Facebook India on Saturday to answer allegations about the social media giant failure to remove dangerous content in its biggest market globally.
The situation worsened when Facebook was found embroiled in a huge row in India after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported in August that the location did not take down anti-Muslim comments by an official from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) so as to guard its business interests.
The panel told on Saturday that it might investigate evidence, described by the committee as “incriminating material on record” submitted by four prominent journalists and digital rights activists. The committee has asked Ajit Mohan, the director of Facebook India, to seem before it on September 15 to work out the “veracity of allegations” made by the group.
The Facebook had failed to address hateful content in India and demanded that its India policy chief, Ankhi Das, be removed, claimed by US civil rights groups last week. The denial has been communicated by Facebook on any political bias but admitted that is trying to curb hate speech.
Raghav Chadha heads Dehli panel, a lawmaker with a party rivalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP, also said that the firm should be probed over complicity and alleged role in the sectarian Delhi riots in February.