Indian Overseas Congress, USA writes to US lawmakers to investigate Facebook's meddling in Indian elections
The Indian Overseas Congress, USA has written to the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the members of the members of the India Caucus to investigate Facebook's meddling in the Indian electoral politics in favor of BJP, a Hindu nationalist party currently in power. The letter expresses serious concern over Facebook's election-year interference, content bias, and the selective suppression of Indian citizens' free expression.
The letter was triggered by a report in the Wallstreet Journal that detailed how Ankhi Das, a top executive in charge of the content, instructed her colleagues and said, "punishing violations by politicians from @narendramodi party would damage the company's business prospects in the country”.
The letter went on to say that "We recognize that
The organization is actively seeking a congressional investigation into the abuses by Facebook and has formally requested that " we respectfully request you to hold Congressional hearings on FACEBOOK’s efforts which undermine the values of liberal democracies in countries like India, drastically altering its political discourse like it has in the US and elsewhere."
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