Indian parliamentary committee to question Facebook executives on content controversy

Vastavam web: An Indian parliamentary committee will question Facebook executives on how the social media giant regulates political content in the country, a panel member told. Facebook and its top lobbying executive in India, Ankhi Das, are facing criticism after a news report said she opposed applying hate-speech rules to a politician from India’s ruling party. Facebook has been summoned to appear on Sept. 2 before the information technology panel, which considers issues like social media abuse. The discussion with Facebook will last for 30 minutes, according to a notice published late on Thursday.

Facebook – which has more than 300 million users in India, its biggest market – did not respond to a request for comment. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Das told staff that applying hate-speech rules to politicians close to India’s ruling party “would damage the company’s business prospects in the country”. The opposition Congress Party criticised Facebook for its policies, while some ruling-party lawmakers have accused it of censoring nationalist voices.