Senior BJP chief and Union minister for electronics and data know-how and communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Sunday launched a counter assault on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for alleging that the BJP and RSS unfold faux information and hatred utilizing social media platforms equivalent to Fb and WhatsApp to affect the voters.
Prasad mentioned that Gandhi’s social gathering had no locus standi to query the BJP given earlier allegations of Congress having used on-line platforms to affect elections in India.
“Losers who can’t affect folks even in their very own social gathering hold cribbing that the complete world is managed by BJP and RSS. You have been caught red-handed in alliance with Cambridge Analytica and Fb to weaponise information earlier than the elections and now have the gall to query us?,” Prasad tweeted in response to Gandhi.
In 2018, UK based mostly Cambridge Analytica was on the centre of an issue linked to Fb information breach of round 50 million customers within the US to profit Donald Trump’s presidential marketing campaign in 2016. Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower had informed British lawmakers that he “believed” the Congress social gathering in India was a shopper of the corporate on the regional stage.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had referred to a WSJ report quoting unnamed sources to say that the social media big had been lenient on alleged hate speeches by BJP leaders so as to shield their enterprise prospects in India.
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“BJP and RSS management Fb & Whatsapp in India. They unfold faux information and hatred by means of it and use it to affect the voters. Lastly, the American media has come out with the reality about Fb,” Rahul’s tweet had mentioned.
The WSJ cited interviews with unnamed Fb insiders to recommend that the corporate’s senior official and India coverage government Ankhi Das had intervened in inner content material evaluation processes to cease a ban on BJP’s Telangana MLA T Raja Singh, who made communally charged posts focusing on the Muslim neighborhood.
The report claimed that Das, “informed employees members that punishing violations by politicians from Mr. Modi’s social gathering would injury the corporate’s enterprise prospects within the nation”.
Fb has, nevertheless, denied the claims made within the WSJ report and said that it adopts a uniform coverage on hate speeches the world over no matter the social gathering, place or stature of the person or group concerned.
The BJP, too, responded to the report and mentioned the social gathering didn’t approve of the remark made by Telangana MLA and disassociates itself with feedback that decision for violence or aren’t in keeping with the social gathering’s official stance.
Prasad in actual fact requested Rahul Gandhi if he had condemned the latest communal violence in Bengaluru?
“The very fact is that right now entry to data and freedom of expression has been democratized. It’s not managed by retainers of your loved ones and that’s the reason it hurts. Btw, haven’t but heard your condemnation of the Bangalore riots. The place did your braveness disappear?,” Prasad requested in his second tweet addressed to Gandhi.
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Members of the minority neighborhood have been concerned in incidents of violence late on August 7 in Bengaluru over an offending social media publish allegedly put out by Congress MLA Srinivasa Murthy’s kin, who has since claimed that his account was hacked.
Three folks had died and scores have been injured within the Bengaluru riots that additionally included an assault on the native Congress MLA’s home. He needed to flee to avoid wasting his life from rioters. The BJP has accused the Congress of appeasing one neighborhood by not condemning the riots.