INTRO: A Delhi Assembly panel has summoned Facebook India vice-chairman and director, Ajit Mohan, to face questions on the deadly riots that killed a minimum of 50 people within the capital earlier this year. during a statement issued over the weekend.
The committee said that it had asked Mohan to seem before it on September 15 to answer allegations that Facebook allowed things to escalate by not properly implementing its own stated policies regarding hate speech and conspiracy theories.
According to a press release issued by the Delhi Assembly Committee on Peace and Harmony, the summon is predicated on “scathing depositions of key witnesses also as incriminating material” submitted by victims and their lawyers.
The committee, headed by AAP MLA, Raghav Chadha, opened its investigation following a Wall Street Journal report which claimed a senior Facebook executive in India personally stopped company employees from permanently banning a controversial BJP functionary from the platform for creating incendiary remarks.
In its statement, the panel said that it had “received multiple complaints addressed to its Chairman Raghav Chadha against the officials concerned of Facebook for his or her alleged deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content in India for vested reasons”.
“We hereby summon you (Ajit Mohan) to seem before the committee on September 15, 2020, at 12 noon at MLA Lounge-1, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, for the aim of recording your deposition on oath and participating within the proceedings administered by the committee”, the Delhi Assembly’s deputy secretary said within the notice sent on September 10. Facebook is yet to issue a politician response to the summon.