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Facebook executive supported India’s Modi, disparaged opposition in internal messages

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    In case WSJ is blocked, here is some additional reading from a few days ago by Time that provides some further background. Facebook’s Ties to India’s Ruling Party Complicate Its Fight Against Hate...

    In case WSJ is blocked, here is some additional reading from a few days ago by Time that provides some further background.


    From the WSJ article:

    In one of the messages, Ankhi Das, head of public policy in the country, posted the day before Narendra Modi swept to victory in India’s 2014 national elections: “We lit a fire to his social media campaign and the rest is of course history.”

    “It’s taken thirty years of grassroots work to rid India of state socialism finally,” Ms. Das wrote in a separate post on the defeat of the Indian National Congress party, praising Mr. Modi as the “strongman” who had broken the former ruling party’s hold. Ms. Das called Facebook’s top global elections official, Katie Harbath, her “longest fellow traveler” in the company’s work with his campaign. In a photo, Ms. Das stood, smiling, between Mr. Modi and Ms. Harbath.

    Ms. Das’s posts, which were viewed by The Wall Street Journal, haven’t been previously reported. Some Facebook employees said the sentiments and actions described by Ms. Das conflicted with the company’s longstanding neutrality pledge.

    This is all in the context that executives in Facebook India have been putting their thumbs on the scale to support the far-right hindu nationalist party BJP and specifically their leader and current prime minister Narendra Modi. They have allowed BJP to flaunt the rules against hatespeech and calls for violence attacks Muslims.

    Facebook really is a scourge on Democracy around the world.

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