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Delhi riots could have been averted if firm had acted: Ex-Facebook employee

A former Facebook employee told a Delhi Assembly panel that violence in the capital in February this year could have been easily averted if the social media giant had acted in a proactive manner

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A former employee told a Delhi Assembly panel that violence in the capital in February this year could have been easily averted if the giant had acted in a proactive and prompt manner.

The Committee on Peace and Harmony, headed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha, had summoned the former employee Mark S Luckie in the wake of several allegations of culpability of the platform in the riots in Delhi earlier this year.

"He (Mark S Luckie) also asserted the events like Delhi communal clashes, Myanmar genocide and Sri Lanka Communal violence could have been easily averted had acted in a more proactive and prompt manner," read a release by Committee on Peace and Harmony.

Luckie, during his tenure at Facebook, has actively worked with various core teams made extremely scathing revelations on the internal functioning of Facebook, thus spilling beans on the entire organisational structure of Facebook globally as well as regionally.

During the course of the deposition, Luckie affirmed that there has been repeated interference by the top officials of the Facebook teams including their policy heads at the instance of the political parties upon the content moderation teams which has caused eventual compromise in the execution of their own community standards, read the release.

He alleged that Facebook CEO also partakes in various liaisons with different political parties across the globe in order to earn special benefits or favours as it is of common knowledge that many prominent politically figures seek his indulgence every now and then.

According to the Committee on Peace and Harmony, Luckie also spoke about the recruitment process of the top heads of the Company where he signified that for an extremely important post like that of Public Policy Head, persons having cordial government relations or having special political affiliations and who have strong hold on lobbying within the government are preferred, a practice which in itself casts a shadow of doubt on the 'politically agnostic management' stance which Facebook often tries to shields under.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, November 13 2020. 08:20 IST