Facebook Oversight Board to look into ‘Hate Speech’ case

The social media giant has been accused of 'political bias' after an international media house pointed out that it failed to tackle a divisive post by a BJP party leader

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 11:20 AM

The Facebook Oversight Board will be looking into the alleged ‘hate speech’ case involving a BJP leader, say media reports. The social media giant had come under fire when it supposedly failed to apply hate speech rules to a post by the Tlangana politician, T Raja Singh from the ruling party.

Controversy erupted when an international media house reported how Facebook’s director of public policy for India, South Asia and Ankhi Das refused to take action against the divisive post by the BJP member and three others from the party.

The report stated that the executive’s refusal to take action against Singh’s post is “a part of a broader pattern of favouritism by Facebook towards Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu hardliners.”

Media reports say that FB Oversight Board will be looking into the controversy. The company spokesperson clarified against allegations public figures violating community standards are within the scope of the board and it wouldn’t shy away from holding Facebook accountable.

The spokesperson stated that the oversight board is independent to make binding and independent decisions on such issues.

The board was formed to tackle the many controversies faced by Facebook, including the one involving Cambridge Analytica. A 20 member team was constituted in May with Sudhir Krishnaswamy, vice chancellor of National Law School of India University, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt; Michael McConnell, director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman from Yemen; Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in chief of The Guardian; and Emi Palmor, former director-general of the Israeli ministry of justice.

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