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Delhi panel summons top Facebook India official

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Facebook India vice-president and managing director Ajit Mohan was summoned by The Delhi Assembly’s peace and harmony committee on Saturday.

The summon comes in connection with complaints about Facebook’s alleged ‘deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content’ in the country.

The panel is headed by Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA Raghav Chadha. Mohan has been asked to appear before the panel on September 15.

The panel in a statement said Mohan was summoned based on depositions made by key witnesses as well as incriminating material submitted by them on record.

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The panel had after its hearing on August 31 said prima facie there was evidence that Facebook was complicit in aggravating the Delhi riots.

“Having regards to the compelling evidence brought forth by the witnesses, the committee believes that Facebook should be impleaded as co-accused in the Delhi Riots investigation,” an official statement read.

The panel said proceedings will be live-streamed.

Mohan questioned earlier

The panel said it has so far examined numerous witnesses including journalists Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Kunal Purohit; Nikhil Pahwa, an author, and activist Awesh Tiwari.

BJP leader Kapil Mishra is also accused of delivering inflammatory speeches before the riots although he has not been charged by the Delhi police.

Earlier in September, Mohan was questioned for over three hours by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Congress’s Shashi Tharoor over hate speeches.

The panel on peace and harmony was set up after Delhi witnessed its worst riots in decades over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in February this year.

The committee last month had raised questions about the content posted on Facebook at the time the violence broke out in Delhi.

 

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