Social media big Fb selected to not take motion in opposition to Bajrang Dal, for taking duty for an assault on a Delhi church, fearing political repercussions, a report by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) mentioned on Sunday.
The report mentioned, earlier this 12 months, Fb’s security crew had concluded that the group supported violence in opposition to minorities throughout India and certain certified as “harmful” that ought to be banned on the platform.
It additional acknowledged that the corporate determined in opposition to eradicating the group following a warning from its safety crew that cracking down on Bajrang Dal may interact each the corporate’s enterprise prospects and its workers in India.
The report additionally sheds mild on a video that reveals Bajrang Dal taking full duty for putting in a Hindu idol at a church. The outfit has reportedly claimed that the church was being constructed on high of a Hindu temple.
“We implement our Harmful People and Organizations coverage globally with out regard to political place or social gathering affiliation,” mentioned Fb spokesman Andy Stone, calling the corporate’s course of for figuring out what entities to ban cautious, rigorous and multidisciplinary.
Earlier, in August, the WSJ printed an article claiming that the social media giant had been lenient on alleged hate speeches by BJP leaders as a way to defend their enterprise prospects in India.
The fallout of the article additionally led to the resignation of top Facebook India employee Ankhi Das.
In September this 12 months, a parliamentary panel additionally known as Fb’s representatives for an inquiry over their position in coping with hate speech.
Fb’s India head Ajit Mohan appeared earlier than the panel amid a political slugfest with each BJP and Congress accusing one another of colluding with the social media big to affect opinion.
After the assembly, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted that, “In response to overwhelming media curiosity within the assembly of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Info Know-how that simply adjourned, that is all I can say: We met for some three and a half hours and unanimously agreed to renew the dialogue later, incl with reps of Fb.”
At current, Fb’s largest market is India.