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The Congress on Friday wrote to Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, demanding an internal inquiry into the functioning of its India office. The party accused the social media giant of being biased towards the ruling dispensation in India.

In his letter to Zuckerberg, Congress’s social media in-charge Rohan Gupta alleged that the social media website was biased towards the saffron party despite its “proclivity of sharing hate speech”.

“We demand from Facebook that there should be an independent inquiry on the hate speech being spread through Facebook in the last two years and why Facebook reduced its budget for identifying hate speech…,” Gupta said at a press conference in New Delhi.

He alleged that Facebook was weaponised by the BJP to spread hate in India. “There is an attempt to attack the unity of our country and everyone has to understand this and fight it together,” he added.

Gupta claimed that after the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019 – orchestrated by Pakistan based-terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad – an average Facebook user in India had seen “more images of dead people in three weeks than they had seen in their lifetime”.

Gupta urged Zuckerberg to conduct an internal inquiry into the operations of Facebook India and release the findings to…

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