Facebook Vice President Joel Kaplan is set to meet with the Indian Parliamentary Committee for Information Technology in New Delhi today.
The idea behind the meeting is to discuss what security measures Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram will take to protect the rights of citizens on these platforms, especially taking into account the upcoming general elections.
Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook, India, and Ankhi Das, Director (Public, Policy and Programs) will accompany Kaplan, according to IANS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will not be present before the panel.
Last month, Colin Cromwell, Twitter’s Global Vice President (Public Policy), appeared before the panel led by Anurag Thakur on February 25. Cromwell spoke about how Twitter would address the issue of political bias and manipulation on its platform.
Facebook VP will be On the grill about your plans around the next election. too. considering the Russian interference in the US presidential elections. It was an important step in the history of Facebook, it has been on the radar of all countries that are approaching the elections to avoid any type of manipulation by external actors on its platform.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the TI meeting is at 10.30 am today.
Thank you for submitting your concerns to the Committee.
“SAFEGUARD THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS ON SOCIAL / ONLINE MEDIA PLATFORMS”
The following will present their position:
– Office of Mr. Anurag Thakur (@Anurag_Office) March 6, 2019
WhatsApp has been in the eye of the storm in India for the past few years. It has been armed to spread false news that has had consequences in real life. Last year, false information about child abductors was spread on its platform. It led to the lynchings of more than 30 innocent Indian citizens.. Let’s post the Pulwama attacks too, we’ve seen WhatsApp is used as a prominent platform to spread hate.
Facebook has around 300 million users in India, the highest in the world. WhatsApp has around 200 million users here and Instagram has 75 million users. These are big numbers and the parliamentary panel wants the Facebook vice president to make sure these platforms are not misused in any way.
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