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Congress Pen down to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg again for allegations of 'bias' in favour

By- Bhumika Bansal

The opposition party also inquire a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), at a press conference the links claimed about Facebook employees and the ruling establishment.

The Congress party on Saturday wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the second time in a month, asking what steps have being taken on repeated statements about the global social media giant's India unit being prejudice towards the ruling BJP. According to the public statement, the opposition party also demanded an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the supposed "links of Facebook employees and the ruling start".

The Congress letter to Zuckerberg appeared over an article in Time magazine, which the opposition party claimed "disclose" more information and "evidence of favourtisim and a quid pro quo relationship" of Facebook India with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

There was no instant reaction from Facebook or the BJP on the allegations. A report within the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) earlier this month had delivered to fore similar allegations, which were strongly rejected by both Facebook and therefore the BJP Members.

Tagging the Time magazine report on twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that it exposes the "WhatsApp-BJP interconnection".

" Around 40 Crore Indians use, WhatsApp wants to use for creating payments that Modi Government's approval is required. Thus, BJP has a clasp over WhatsApp," he alleged, without elaborating. Famous messaging app WhatsApp is also owned by Facebook.

In letter to Zuckerberg, Congress general secretary, K C Venugopal, Mentioned to his earlier letter dated August 17 during which the party had requested the US-based company to research the claims made in the Wall Street Journal article so that the social media platform won’t refused to apply hate speech rules to certain BJP politicians and accept the fact.

"I take your attention towards the article written that provides more facts and evidence of biases and a quid-pro-quo relationship of Facebook India with ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)," Venugopal asked details in the letter dated 29 August, steps being taken by the group.

"We also will be chase legislative and judicial actions in India to make sure that a far off company can’t still cause social disharmony in our nation chasing for his or her private profits," he stated.

Pawan Khera and AICC data analytics department chief Praveen Chakravarty involved an "exhaustive and unbiased search by a JPC during a news conference . The endless links of Facebook employees and the ruling establishment".

"The Facebook operated over voter opinion, allowed hate speech and was unaware to fake news, even once they were in clear breach of their own regulations, to be checked during investigation" as they stated.

"WhatsApp can’t be granted acceptance for its payment operations until the inquiry is complete and all the advised actions are taken by the company," Khera and Chakravarty stated.

They also demand a call for the report of the investigation ordered by Facebook to conduct its Indian unit to be made as public.

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