Facebook's Ajit Mohan appears before parliamentary panel to discuss social media misuse

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology Shashi Tharoor had called representatives of Facebook and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

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Updated: Sep 3, 2020 9:26 AM
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Facebook MD Ajit Mohan has reportedly appeared before a parliamentary panel to address issues of social media misuse. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, had summoned representatives of Facebook and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to discuss issues related to user rights and security in the digital space.

Tharoor also brought up the report in the Wall Street Journal, which claimed that Facebook ignored a divisive post by a BJP leader in Telangana and have been looking the other way when it came to the errant members of the ruling party.

At this point, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey contended that Congress has been fuelling its own agenda on the parliamentary panel and demanded Tharoor's resignation as Chairman.

Facebook is currently embroiled in a political controversy with parties on both ends of the ideological spectrum dragging the social media giant and accusing it of bias. On Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi quoted the Wall Street Journal report, accusing FB and WhatsApp of being undemocratic. 

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, fired a fresh salvo by writing to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, alleging that people with vested interests in the organisation's management are out to tarnish India and BJP's image from within.

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