Hate speech not good for us, not good for people: Ajit Mohan, Facebook

The MD of Facebook India on Tueday reportedly skipped summons from a Delhi Assembly committee to explain why the social media giant failed to remove hate content in February

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 10:02 AM
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Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director of Facebook India, has reportedly said that the platform does not benefit from hate speech of any kind.

Speaking to a leading English daily, Mohan reportedly said, “It’s not good for us, not for people on the platform. There is no constituency that benefits from hate speech.”

Mohan was talking about allegations of not banning politcal leaders and other influental people posting hate messages.

Asked about the delay in banning a BJP leader, he reportedly said the the issue of banning somone on the platform is a "complicated one" and Facebook was almost concluding the process of banning him when the controversy broke.

Facebook banned Singh earlier this month, a few weeks after the Wall Street Journal wrote that it had not banned Singh because of pressure from the ruling BJP.
Mohan, who took over his current role 20 months ago, reportedly said Facebook’s commitment towards curbing hate speech has been visible in the last three years. He said it removed over 22 million pieces of hateful content from the platform in the June quarter.

On Tuesday, Mohan reportedly skipped summons from a Delhi Assembly committee to explain why the social media giant failed to remove hate content during the Delhi riots in February.

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