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Facebook Row: IT Minister RS Prasad Writes to Mark Zuckerberg, Says Problematic When FB Employees Abuse PM Narendra Modi ‘On Record’

New Delhi, September 1: In a new twist to the alleged Facebook-political nexus controversy, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sent a letter to company’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg to mark his dissent. RS Prasad, in the strongly-worded note sent to the Facebook CEO, said it is “problematic” for India if employees of the social media giant abuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi “on record”.

Prasad, in his letter, claimed that Facebook employees were found abusing Modi and “other senior Cabinet Ministers on record” even as they are working in India. The Minister, who heads the Law and Information Technology (IT) Ministries, said such behaviour is unacceptable.

See Letter Written by RS Prasad to Zuckerberg

Prasad further complained of alleged targeting of social media pages that were involved in propagating the right and right-of-centre political ideologies. The “biased” action was taken in run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Minister noted.

“I’ve been informed that in run up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls, there was concerted effort by FB India to not just delete pages or substantially reduce their reach but also offer no right of appeal to affected people who were supportive of right-of-centre ideology,” he said.

(The above story first appeared on Fool’s Corner on Sep 01, 2020 06:30 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website foolscorner.com).

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