Campaign India Team
Aug 20, 2020

Facebook employees want more policy consistency after Ankhi Das-Awesh Tiwari row

The developments come after Facebook's public policy director for India filed a police complaint against a journalist.

Facebook employees want more policy consistency after Ankhi Das-Awesh Tiwari row
According to a report by Reuters, Facebook employees have questioned the social media network's internal policy after the controversy that emerged following its public policy director for India, Anhki Das, filed an online complaint with the Delhi Police's Cyber Cell against journalist Awesh Tiwari.
 
The report added that Facebook employees are raising questions about whether adequate procedures and content regulation practices were being followed by the India team. An open letter written to Facebook’s leadership by 11 employees on an internal platform (which Reuters claimed it had seen), wanted more policy consistency.
 
According to the Reuters article, Facebook's employees were frustrated and saddened by the incidents reported and the Muslim community at Facebook would like to hear from the Facebook leadership. 
 
Das filed a complaint against journalist Tiwari, state bureau chief of Swaraj Express, on 16 August stating that he and other social media users were threatening her, making sexually coloured remarks and defaming her. 
 
This follows an article from The Wall Street Journal on 14 August which stated how Facebook’s hate-speech rules collided with Indian politics. It stated that Facebook’s top public-policy executive in India, had opposed applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a member of the ruling party in India, the BJP.
 
The Committee to Protect Journalists followed up on 19 August by stating that Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against Tiwari and respect citizens’ rights to criticize her.
 
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Campaign India