Facebook’s recent conflict in the Indian market regarding hateful speech

Facebook's recent dispute in the Indian market regarding hateful speech
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Facebook, a social media giant, is dealing with various concurrent conflicts in the U.S., specifically around wrong information, political bias, and hate speech. But those problems are even playing out across the world, including a territory where it holds maximum users.

 In the previous weeks, the firm has continuously faced issues regarding its activities and policies in India, a territory increasingly significant to its business as it is sealed out of China and looks for future progress.

On Wednesday, the company appealed to the Supreme Court of India to free it from dealing with the New Delhi government committee inspecting the firm’s accused role in religious riots in the region in the previous year.

Indian committee described that the firm denied to appear, arguing that regulating social media platform is under the exclusive authority of the national government of India. On Thursday, the Supreme Court of India allowed to hear the company’s appeal.

Last week, during a hearing, the chairman of the committee of the committee said that the denial to come before this committee is an effort to hide important facts in relation to Facebook’s role on Feb 2020 Delhi communal riots. He added that this demonstrates that Facebook has something to conceal.

Facebook's recent conflict in the Indian market regarding hateful speech
Facebook facing conflicts in India,
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Facebook came under inspection twice in a month

Although, Facebook didn’t quickly respond to an appeal for comment. Moreover, in India, it is going to be the 2nd time when the social media giant, Facebook, has taken under inspection from authorities.

The representatives of Facebook were also questioned about accusations of political bias and hate speech by an Indian parliamentary team earlier this month, the team led by Shashi Tharoor, the opposition politician, posting on twitter that they had unanimously decided to restart the discussion later.

The social media giant said that after the hearing, it would remain dedicated to being an open and transparent platform.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal said that Facebook permitted a politician from the governing party of India to make posts on its platform even with his anti-Muslim posts violated its policy against hate speech.

The company, at last, restricted Raja Singh (an Indian politician) earlier this month. Furthermore, a Facebook spokesperson told a media company, CNN, that the process for examining potential violators is extensive, and it’s what led them to their decision to eradicate his profile.