NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s information technology minister accused Facebook on Tuesday of censoring content from people supportive of right wing ideology in the latest salvo at the social media giant over content regulation in its biggest user market.
In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reviewed by Reuters, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he had been told that Facebook’s India management team had made a concerted effort to censor such content ahead of India’s 2019 election.
“The above documented cases of bias and inaction are seemingly a direct outcome of the dominant political beliefs of individuals in your Facebook India team,” Prasad wrote in his letter, without citing particular examples.
“Facebook must not only be fair and neutral, but also visibly seen to be so, to users of diverse beliefs and ideologies.”
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