Even though Facebook’s safety team marked out Bajrang Dal as a “dangerous organisation” earlier this year, the social media giant passed up this warning, citing security concerns.
According to a report published in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Facebook didn’t pursue action on the right-wing organisation with the reasoning that any action “might endanger both the company’s business prospects and its staff in India”.
Facebook fears that a crackdown on Bajrang Dal, which has ties with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), may lead to a physical attack on its staff and facilities across the country.
The leeway given to Bajrang Dal, however, puts a question mark on Facebook’s policy on hate speech.
“We enforce our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy globally without regard to political position or party affiliation,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone, calling the company’s process for determining what entities to ban careful, rigorous and multidisciplinary, as quoted by WSJ.
However, Facebook hasn’t clarified its stand on banning Bajrang Dal.
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