The Delhi Legislative Assembly Peace and Harmony Committee will hear witnesses on Facebook on Monday after examining complaints about a social networking site in India “deliberately and intentionally does not work to contain malicious content”. The trial is related to the February violence in northeast Delhi. The panel summoned NewsClick editor Prabir Purkayastha and Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha for questioning, a statement said.
Ajit Mohan did not appear for the first round. The committee has asked Facebook India vice-president and managing director, Ajit Mohan, to appear for the second round of summons on September 23, and stated that his absence was considered a violation of his right to attend, The Face book official appealed to the supreme court and the apex court stated that Delhi Assembly panel should not take action on Mohan till October 15th. At least 53 people were killed and so many injured in the violence that rocked northeast Delhi in February.
The nine-member Delhi-Delhi Assembly panel, mostly AAP legislators as well as one from the BJP, said it was in their right to summon executives to respond to the serious allegations leveled against them. Facebook has repeatedly denied the allegations. “We have banned hate speech and content that incites violence and we enforce these policies worldwide regardless of anyone’s political position or party affiliation,” a Facebook spokesman said. “We know there is still a lot to be done. We are making progress in implementation and conducting systematic audits of our process to ensure smoothness and accuracy.”