Facebook Says ‘Hate Hurts Us’ At Hearing, Delhi Panel Says ‘Not Sure’

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chaddha grilled Facebook, which now goes by the corporate name “Meta,” on the religious affiliations of its employees in India and the company’s policy on hate messages.

A Delhi panel quizzed Facebook employees on 18th November over hate posts linked to the capital’s riots in February 2020 and the steps taken to remove such content. In a live-streamed session, the company that is now known as “Meta” faced severe questions about its policy on hate messages in the Indian context, as well as being asked to reveal information about its employees’ religious affiliations in India.

“Explain the composition of the Facebook India team including the number of religious minority employees. What is the religious affiliation of people working in Facebook India,” questioned Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chaddha, who heads the Delhi Assembly Committee on Peace and Harmony. “We don’t keep track of employees’ religious affiliations. It is against the law of the land to do so “Facebook India’s Public Policy Director, Shivnath Thukral, said.

“Hatred causes us harm. We don’t want anyone to be offended by our platform. Neither of these things are desirable to our marketers. We’re working on it all the time “explained a Facebook representative.”5 billion dollars was invested this year alone for safety and security. We are mindful and take the issue seriously. I don’t sleep peacefully with hate.” The AAP leader retorted: “I am not sure whether hate hurts you because you are a business and virality of hate posts bring you revenue.” Did Facebook define hate speech in the Indian context, the committee asked.

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