News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Updated Wed, 16 Dec 2020 05:18 PM IST
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Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan appeared before a committee of parliament on Wednesday. The committee questioned the report related to the reluctance of the social media giant to ban the Bajrang Dal in view of the employees’ safety concerns.
Par panel on IT questions Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan over report on social media giant’s reluctance to ban Bajrang Dal: Sources
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Mohan had appeared before Parliament’s standing committee on information technology headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday. The committee summoned him on the issue of civil data security. Mohan was also accompanied by Facebook’s Public Policy Director Shivnath Thukral.
Sources said Congress leader Karthi Chidambaram along with Tharoor questioned Mohan about the recent Wall Street Journal report on the ban on Bajrang Dal.
The Wall Street Journal report said that despite internal evaluations of the ban on the Bajrang Dal, Facebook did not rein in it due to financial reasons and security concerns of its employees.
Avoiding banning Bajrang Dal due to close relationship with BJP
According to a media report, Facebook is afraid to take action against the right-wing group due to its relationship with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Because the tightening of the Bajrang Dal may threaten both the company’s business prospects and its employees in India. However, this team has been tagged as a potentially dangerous organization by Facebook’s security team.