Facebook India’s Ajit Mohan summoned by Delhi Assembly panel over ‘inaction’ against hateful content (2020)

inaction' against hateful content
inaction’ against hateful content

A Delhi Assembly panel issued a notice to Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director Ajit Mohan, asking him to appear before it on September 15 in connection with complaints about the social media giant’s alleged deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hate content in the country.

According to an official statement, the Facebook official was subpoenaed based on “scathing statements from key witnesses as well as incriminating material” submitted by them at the registry.

“We hereby summon you (Ajit Mohan) to appear before the committee on September 15, 2020, at 12 noon at MLA Lounge-1, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, in order to register your declaration under oath and participate in the procedures carried out by the committee, “said the Delhi Assembly Deputy Secretary in the notice sent on September 10.

The move by the Delhi Assembly Peace and Harmony Committee, spearheaded by AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, follows a recent Wall Street Journal report that claimed that one of Facebook’s senior policy executives in India weighed in on internal communication to stop a permanent ban on a Telangana BJP Legislator after he allegedly shared posts with community officials.

“The assembly committee had received multiple complaints directed at its chairman Raghav Chadha against the Facebook officials involved for their alleged willful and willful inaction to contain hateful content in India for created motives,” the statement said.

Last month, Facebook had said that its social media platform prohibits hate speech and content that incites violence and that these policies apply globally regardless of political affiliation.

“We prohibit hate speech and content that incites violence and we enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position or party affiliation.

“While we know there is more to be done, we are making progress on the implementation and are conducting regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy,” said a Facebook spokesperson.