The INDIA alliance has accused Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg of inciting racial hatred through their social media platforms. The opposition coalition INDIA has demanded that both networks maintain impartiality in the approaching 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The Washington Post newspaper’s accusations of bias against Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube in favor of the BJP and the Narendra Modi administration sparked the letters. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge shared the letter on X, pointing to the Washington Post’s allegations of Facebook India management’s partisanship towards the current government. The alliance has demanded that Meta maintain its neutral position in India for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
INDIA bloc claims that Facebook and Google encourage racial hatred
The opposition INDIA alliance charges Meta and Google with encouraging hatred between races in India. INDIA demands impartiality from Meta and Google during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
2024 Lok Sabha Elections: Both networks uphold impartiality
The opposition coalition “INDIA bloc” alleged Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg of complicity in inciting racial hatred through their social media platforms. INDIA asked in its messages to Google and Facebook that both networks uphold impartiality in the approaching 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The letters originated in response to allegations of discrimination by the Washington Post newspaper against Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube in favor of the BJP and the Narendra Modi government.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge shared the letter on X
# To Meta
The letter appeared by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on X (formerly Twitter), with the caption “Letter by INDIA organizations to Facebook’s Mr. Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) pointing to the comprehensive inquiries by the Washington Post that Meta is responsible for aiding social unrest and encouraging communal hatred in India.”
Letter by INDIA parties to @Facebook's Mr. Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) citing the exhaustive investigations by the @washingtonpost that Meta is culpable of abetting social disharmony and inciting communal hatred in India.
[Letter Below] pic.twitter.com/2wnUa5xHbz
— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) October 12, 2023
# To Google
He shared the letter to Sundar Pichai in a different post, “INDIA groups additionally addressed to Google’s Mr. Sundar Pichai on an in-depth inquiry by the Washington Post that Alphabet and particularly YouTube has become accountable of aiding social unrest and encouraging hatred between communities in India.”
The contribution of WhatsApp and Facebook
The letter from the opposition parties stated, “You may be conscious of the current reveals by the Washington Post newspaper regarding the contribution of WhatsApp and Facebook in assisting the racial hatred campaign of the current ruling government.”
“Under India’s pressure”
“In a different article titled “Under India’s pressure,” Facebook let advertising and extremism thrive, The Washington Post offers evidence demonstrating the blatant partisanship of Facebook India management towards the current government. We in the Opposition have known about this for a while and even brought it up before,” the INDIA alliance parties stated.
India alliance demanded a neutral position
INDIA alliance then demanded that Meta maintain its neutral position in India. “In the context of the forthcoming national elections in 2024, it is our sincere and immediate plea to you to take these issues seriously and guarantee instantly that Meta’s activities in India stay neutral and do not serve intentionally or unintentionally to trigger chaos or exaggerate India’s much treasured democratic ideals,” it stated.