After several weeks of pressure on dealing with hate speech, Facebook said on Thursday that it had banned BJP politician T Raja Singh from exiting its platform and Instagram because it violated its policy of promoting violence and hatred.
A Facebook spokesperson said in an email statement: “We have banned Facebook’s Raja Singh from violating our policy, which prohibits people who incite or engage in acts of violence and hatred from appearing on our platform.”
The statement said that the process of assessing potential violators is very extensive, and this is what led Facebook to delete its account.
Facebook, which regards India as its largest market and has more than 300 million users, has been in the sight of a storm after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Facebook’s content policy favors the Indian ruling party.
The report stated that Facebook has ignored posts containing hate speech by the People’s Party Liberation Army Raja Singh. Since then, the ruling People’s Party and Congress have been barbs on the so-called prejudices of the social media giants.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, on Wednesday, a parliamentary group convened Facebook representatives to discuss the alleged abuse of social media platforms.
On Tuesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) also wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg), accusing employees of the social media platform of supporting those who have lost re-election. People who are politically inclined and “abuse” the prime minister and cabinet ministers.
The source said that the decision to remove Singh from the platform was made after the company went through an extensive process that determined which individuals met the criteria for violating the policy and that work went on for a period of time to review Singh’s behavior.
One of the sources said that the company had previously deleted content posted by Singh that violated its policies (including its hate speech policy), but has now decided to ban Singh from the platform.
After the ban was issued, Singh has been appointed in accordance with Facebook’s dangerous personal and organizational policies, and he is not allowed to remain on the platform.
As part of this process, Singh will not be allowed to be used on Facebook or its photo and video sharing platform Instagram. The company will delete the pages, groups and accounts set up on his behalf. However, it will continue to allow him to engage in broader discussions, including praise and support.
Another source said that the signals Facebook uses to identify dangerous individuals and organizations include whether they are calling for or directly committing acts of violence against the people based on factors such as race, race or ethnic origin.
Other parameters are also considered, including checking whether they are self-descriptions or definite followers of the hate ideology; sources say, or they have used hate speech on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites.
So far, the company has banned groups and individuals that violate this policy worldwide.
The social media giant uses a variety of technical tools and reviewers to take action on content that violates its policies. In the second quarter of 2020, it deleted more than 4 million content related to hate groups, of which more than 96% were deleted before anyone reported it.
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