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Indian lawmakers keenly watching Facebook board's decision on Trump ban

The Parliamentary Committee also asked if the platforms have the right to take down or suspend accounts.

Parliamentary Standing Committee

Illustration by Binay Sinha

Neha Alawadhi New Delhi
Facebook’s decision to refer its suspension of former US president Donald Trump’s accounts to its independent oversight board has generated global interest, including from Indian lawmakers.

The Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, which met with executives of Facebook and Twitter on Thursday also devoted a large chunk of time to Trump’s account suspension and the recent controversy over WhatsApp’s proposed privacy policy update.

There has been some discomfort among Indian politicians about platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube suspending Trump’s accounts after some of his tweets and posts were seen as having incited the riots at the US Capitol

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First Published: Jan 23 2021 | 6:10 AM IST

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