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    RSS ideologue Govindacharya files petition in Delhi HC accusing Facebook of perjury

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    Govindacharya has accused Facebook of misleading the court that its India unit is not responsible for moderating content. The American internet and social companies had submitted affidavits before Delhi High Court saying that their Indian company is not responsible for content removal.

    The petitioner says that the recent disclosures by the Wall Street Journal of political bias when it comes to removing hate speech goes against the past submissions that Facebook India officials are not involved in content moderation.
    New Delhi: In a rejoinder filed last week before Delhi High Court, RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya has accused Facebook of “perjury” and misleading the court that its India unit is not responsible for moderating content.

    In March, Govindacharya had first petitioned that Facebook, Google and Twitter should disclose the details of their designated officers in India who are responsible for interacting with the government for removal of objectionable content as per IT Act and IT rules with the aim of protecting children and women online.

    The American internet and social companies had submitted affidavits before Delhi High Court saying that their Indian company is not responsible for content removal.

    The petitioner says that the recent disclosures by the Wall Street Journal of political bias when it comes to removing hate speech goes against the past submissions that Facebook India officials are not involved in content moderation.

    The August 28 filing in the court, said that Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director, Ajit Mohan indicates that Facebook India team is actively involved in “moderation and removal of objectionable content”. It indicates that Facebook India and other social media companies do not take appropriate action for want of specific judicial directions.

    “The cloak of corporate veil needs to be torn apart as such pleas taken by the private Respondents are in fact perjury, as is clear from their conduct. It is submitted that the answering Respondent picks and chooses the content it wants to remove, even if the content not being removed is criminal, harmful and violates the general criminal law.”

    The petition added that in view of “current disclosures”, it is pertinent that details of designated officers in India of Facebook and other private respondents be made public so that they are made accountable as per Indian laws before Indian Courts.

    ET had reported on Tuesday that Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked Facebook to draw up “country-specific community guidelines” in a letter addressed to the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    Raising what he termed as “serious concerns” he said there is need for a “transnational digital platform” such as Facebook to not only be neutral and fair but also visibly seen to be so, to users of diverse beliefs and ideologies.

    The American company, which has over 300 million users in India, must put in place guidelines that according to Prasad "respect the social, religious, cultural and linguistic diversity of India."
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    6 Comments on this Story

    S. SUNDARARAMAN SRINIVASAN86 days ago
    Who is in power at the Center... with full liberty to put in place some norms.. compel such global giants to ensure proper reasonable screening mechanism to weed out any hot/hate/fake items...etc.....? Is it an alien political party or coalition.??? :-) GOK
    venkat86 days ago
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    venkat86 days ago
    try this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urnevws
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