Facebook a social media giant says it will remove content that violate standards

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On Friday, Facebook said that it is an open , transparent and nonpartisan platform that faces allegations of prejudicial behaviour in hate speeches. It will continue to delete contents that are in violation of its community standards from public figures in India.

Facebook India's statement, Ajit Mohan, is based in a political series following a Wall Street Journal, which claims that the content policy of the social media platform favoured the ruling political party in India.

"Facebook is an open , transparent and non-partisan platform where people can communicate freely. We were accused of partiality in the execution of our policies in the last few days.

"We are extremely serious about the claims of partiality and want to make clear that we denounce hate and bigotry in any way," said Facebook India's Vice President and CEO Mohan in a blog post. "We 're very serious about this.

He also stressed that the company's approach to content is unbiased and strongly regulated by its community standards.

These standards describe what is on Facebook and what is not allowed.

Facebook's supervisory board has stated that it will examine the ways the social media giant handles posts from public figures, the type of "highly challenging cases" the board expects to consider when it begins to work.

Mohan said the company's objective was to be a "allegiance" for India in his blog post, where its platforms safeguard the "pluralist nature of democracy by offering free expression to people and businessmen, while safeguarding the society from broader harm."

"What is left on our Platform and is implemented globally defines our Community standards ... Without regard to anyone's political position, partisanship or religious and cultural belief, we implement these policies worldwide. When this violates our Community standards, "he said, we have deleted and will continue to remove content posted by public figures from India.

Following on from the WSJ report, on 2 September the parliamentary Standing Committee on IT called Facebook to talk about the alleged misuse of the social media platform.

Mohan said on Friday that there were many questions specifically raised about the implementation of Facebook policies on hate speech, noting that "significant progress has been made" with regard to the removal of hate speech and other harmful content in recent years.

Mohan said that in the second quarter of 2020, the company had removed 22.5 million parts of hate speech content, up from 1.6 million by 2017.

He also acknowledged that while the platform has progressed in addressing hate speech, there is a need for it to do more and to welcome the chance to engage with all the political or other political parties who wish to understand more about its content policies and its enforcement.

Mohan said the policies are "always changing," especially in multicultural society such as India, to take local sensitivities into account.