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Facebook bans BJP politician Raja Singh over hate speech

The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to Facebook’s decision to remove his account, according to the statement.

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

The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to Facebook’s decision to remove his account, according to the statement.

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.

The report had 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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