Senior BJP chief and Union minister for electronics and knowledge expertise and communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Sunday launched a counter attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for alleging that the BJP and RSS unfold pretend news and hatred utilizing social media platforms comparable to Facebook and WhatsApp to affect the voters.
Prasad said that Gandhi’s social gathering had no locus standi to question the BJP given earlier allegations of Congress having used online platforms to affect elections in India.
“Losers who cannot influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by BJP and RSS. You were caught red-handed in alliance with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to weaponise data before the elections and now have the gall to question us?,” Prasad tweeted in response to Gandhi.
In 2018, UK based mostly Cambridge Analytica was on the centre of a controversy linked to Facebook knowledge breach of round 50 million customers within the US to learn Donald Trump’s presidential marketing campaign in 2016. Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower had instructed British lawmakers that he “believed” the Congress social gathering in India was a shopper of the company on the regional degree.
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 to be able to defend their enterprise prospects in India.
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“BJP and RSS control Facebook & Whatsapp in India. They spread fake news and hatred through it and use it to influence the electorate. Finally, the American media has come out with the truth about Facebook,” Rahul’s tweet had said.
The WSJ cited interviews with unnamed Facebook insiders to recommend that the company’s senior official and India coverage govt Ankhi Das had intervened in inner content material review processes to cease a ban on BJP’s Telangana MLA T Raja Singh, who made communally charged posts concentrating on the Muslim neighborhood.
The report claimed that Das, “told staff members that punishing violations by politicians from Mr. Modi’s party would damage the company’s business prospects in the country”.
Facebook has, nonetheless, denied the claims made within the WSJ report and said that it adopts a uniform coverage on hate speeches the world over regardless of the social gathering, place or stature of the person or group concerned.
The BJP, too, responded to the report and said the social gathering didn’t approve of the remark made by Telangana MLA and disassociates itself with feedback that decision for violence or usually are not consistent with the social gathering’s official stance.
Prasad the truth is requested Rahul Gandhi if he had condemned the current communal violence in Bengaluru?
“The fact is that today access to information and freedom of expression has been democratized. It is no longer controlled by retainers of your family and that is why it hurts. Btw, haven’t yet heard your condemnation of the Bangalore riots. Where did your courage disappear?,” Prasad requested in his second tweet addressed to Gandhi.
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Members of the minority neighborhood had been concerned in incidents of violence late on August 7 in Bengaluru over an offending social media post 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 had been injured within the Bengaluru riots that additionally included an attack 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.