The Delhi Meeting’s peace and concord committee has summoned Facebook India vice-president and managing director Ajit Mohan in connection with complaints approximately the social media company’s alleged “planned and intentional state of being inactive to contain hateful satisfied” in the country.
The panel, headed by Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA from Rajendra Nagar Raghav Chadha, has issued a notice asking Mohan to seem before it on September 15 on the Delhi Vidhan Sabha premises.
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“The summons were issued on the basis of scathing depositions of key witnesses in addition to incriminating fabric submitted by them on record,” the committee said in an official commentary Saturday.
The notice came weeks after the committee in its second hearing on August 31 had said that prima facie it had found that Facebook was once complicit in aggravating the Delhi riots in northeast Delhi in February, leaving 53 deceased and over 400 injured.
The committee is investigating the matter after it took cognisance of “several complaints” received from people based on a piece of writing published in the Wall Road Publication (WSJ) on August 14. The outline titled ‘Facebook hate speech rules collide with Indian politics’ stated that Facebook officials, particularly its top public policy executive in India, Ankhi Das, allegedly cited commerce imperatives while choosing not to apply hate-speech rules to no less than four individuals and groups linked with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, despite their being internally flagged for promoting or participating in violence.
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Delhi Police have not charged BJP leader Kapil Mishra in connection with the riots yet. Mishra was once accused of delivering inflammatory speeches before the riots. Mishra, alternatively, denied the charges and said that he had not violated any law.
“We hereby summon you (Ajit Mohan) to seem before the committee on September 15, 2020 at 12 Midday at MLA Lounge- 1, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, for the purpose of recording your deposition on oath and taking part in the proceedings carried out by the committee,” read the summons issued by Delhi Meeting’s deputy secretary on September 10. HT has seen a copy of the notice.
HT has contacted Facebook for a remark.