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Officials of Facebook India and Google India on Tuesday appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on the issue of misuse of social media platforms. The panel, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, held a meeting of the parliamentary panel to protect the rights of citizens and prevent misuse of social/online news media platforms.
As per Facebook's website, users can contact Spoorthi Priya - who is the Grievance Officer - through an e-mail ID. Additionally, users can also contact Facebook in India via post at an address in New Delhi, as per the page. Facebook-owned WhatsApp had recently named Paresh B Lal as its grievance officer for India on its website.
Facebook’s collating of data came to light after the controversial Cambridge Analytica scandal and that raised serious questions on the company’s policies. Another Facebook feature that raises privacy concerns is its ‘off-Facebook activity-tracking feature’, which tracks users' app and website usage on their devices.
Earlier this month, the Indian Parliament's standing committee summoned Facebook India's head and some MPs asked many questions and sought clarification from him Just before the 2019 LS elections, Facebook deleted about 700 pages of the Congress, but their total number of followers was mere around 2 lakhs It also removed 15 pages supporting the BJP, but the number of followers on these pages was close to 2.6 million
Facebook India head Ajit Mohan was on Wednesday questioned by Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology amid controversy over Facebook's alleged bias in favour of the BJP. According to sources, Mohan admitted before the Parliamentary Committe that people at key positions in India office of Facebook are anti-BJP. Mohan also said that he is taking back what he wrote ten years ago because of a change of heart.
Facebook has been battling political fallout in India. Congress Party criticised Facebook for its policies, while some ruling-party lawmakers have accused it of censoring nationalist voices "The decisions around content escalations are not made unilaterally by just one person ... the process comes with robust checks and balances," Facebook`s India head, Ajit Mohan, wrote In an internal open letter to Facebook`s leadership, 11 employees demanded that company leaders acknowledge and denounce "anti-Muslim bigotry" and ensure more policy consistency