Facebook’s alleged indifference of Indian hate speech linked to policy chief’s political bias

Over the past several weeks, there has been an increasing clamour for Facebook to place its India public policy head, Ankhi Das, on leave as the company continues with an audit of its India operations.

The impetus for the audit was an article written by the Wall Street Journal in mid-August. In that piece, WSJ reported that Das had resisted against taking down inflammatory content that eventually sparked rioting in the capital city of Delhi as it was posted by members of the nationalist BJP party. 

The riots left over fifty dead, most of whom were Muslims. It also led to many of these Muslims’ homes being torched.

“The company’s top public-policy executive in the country, Ankhi Das, opposed applying the hate-speech rules to [T Raja] Singh and at least three other Hindu nationalist individuals and groups flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence,” WSJ reported.

These inflammatory posts

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey slams Coinbase chief’s neutral stance

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and former CEO and investor Dick Costolo are among the tech figures publicly criticizing Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong.
  • Armstrong has forbidden corporate and employee activism at his company, he said. He has told employees who dislike this to leave the company with severance, according to leaked emails.
  • Dorsey argued that Coinbase’s mission revolves around Bitcoin which is itself “direct activism” against a status quo financial system that “negatively affects so much of our society.”
  • But Costolo’s comments set off a real firestorm, when he used language invoking a firing squad.
  • Some believe that Armstrong’s move to push politics out of his workplace were necessary during a polarized time while others characterized it as tone-deaf and punitive.
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Reactions to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s hard line against corporate activism at his company set off infighting among tech figures Wednesday who disagreed

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