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Facebook bans BJP politician Raja Singh for engaging in violence, hate speech


New Delhi, Sep 03: With severe pressure for weeks over its handling of hate speech, Facebook on Thursday banned BJP politician T Raja Singh from Instagram and Facebook for violating its policy around content promoting violence and hate.


In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said, "We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform."

According to the statement, the process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and led Facebook to come up with a decision to remove his account.

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Facebook - which counts India among its largest markets with over 300 million users - has been in the eye of a storm after a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report alleged that Facebook's content policies favoured the ruling party in India.

It is alleged that Facebook had ignored posts containing hate speech by BJP MLA Raja Singh. Since then, the ruling BJP and Congress have been trading barbs over social media giant's alleged bias.

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In the wake of the WSJ report, a Parliamentary panel had summoned Facebook representatives to discuss the issue of alleged misuse of the social media platform on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also written to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg accusing the social media platform's employees of supporting people from a political predisposition that lost successive elections, and "abusing" the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers.

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