An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg
Mr. Mark, Zuckerberg. Chairman & CEO, Facebook Inc
Menlo Park, California USA, 94025
Subject: Political bias of top officials of Facebook India and seeking immediate action against Ms Ankhi Das for her allegiance to hindutva groups that tear down communal harmony
Dear, Mr. Zuckerberg,
Hope you and your family are doing well.
This communication is on behalf of Campus Front of India, a neo social students movement, which aim to develop a promising generation of youth which zealously safeguard the foundational values of the country.
You might be aware of the story which was given by WSJ article titled "Facebook's hate speech rules collide with Indian politics" dated August 14, 2020. Followingly several reputed media covered the story in depth and detail. These reports reveal that the hate speech campaigns undertaken by BJP got adequate support from Facebook India in the backdrop of Delhi election. The reports categorically point to Ms. Ankhi Das (of Facebook India) who has provided the BJP with favorable treatment by diluting the safeguards of Facebook against hate speeches. The hate campaigns resulted in the drastic polarization and flaring up anti minority sentiments among the people which eventually led to Delhi genocide.
This is a damning and serious allegation of Facebook India teaming up with a sectarian political agenda and interfering in India's electoral democracy. The government of Delhi state which inquired into the Delhi genocide has found deliberate and intentional inaction of Facebook to contain hateful content in India for vested reasons, which led to the government's Peace and Harmony Committee to summon the officials of Facebook India.
As you would be mindful, India's ruling regime led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patronise an ideology which promotes Hindu majoritarian state and spread hatred against minorities. BJP has been consistently using Facebook and WhatsApp to divide people along religious lines and further communal agenda like abrogation of 370 Act in Kashmir, CAA- NRC Act etc. The police has also pointed to widespread use of Facebook and WhatsApp for mass manufacturing and propagation of vile, hateful communal content to incite violence during Delhi pogrom.
Permit us to humbly suggest the following course of action.
1. Set up a high-level investigation and inquiry into the operations and practices of Facebook India.
2. Ms. Ankhi Das, of Facebook India must be terminated with immediate effect.
3. Ensure a more diverse Facebook India team representing various sections of population.
Campus Front of India believed that this is a matter of grave concern to our nation and to the world. We sincerely hope that you treat this issue with utmost priority.