Not On Facebook, How Can I Be Banned, Asks BJP MLA Raja Singh

T Raja Singh requested if Fb was working below stress from the Congress. (File)

Hyderabad:

Banned by Fb on Thursday over hateful content material and labelled a “harmful particular person”, controversial Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh claimed it had been greater than a 12 months since he left the social networking web site and requested whether or not the corporate was working below Congress “stress”. Defending Fb as “a impartial platform”, Mr Singh mentioned linking it with BJP will not be honest. He mentioned he’ll write to Fb to open a brand new account for him and promised to comply with all guidelines.

“I’ll write to Fb to open my official account. I’ll comply with all guidelines and laws to make use of it. I ought to be given the precise to make use of Fb account and I’ll search their permission,” mentioned the BJP chief recognized for incendiary speeches that often goal Muslims.

Mr Singh, the one legislator of the BJP from Telangana, claimed he didn’t have a Fb account since April 2019 and that the pages the social networking website now banned might need been created by his followers.

Below hearth for weeks over its dealing with of hate speech by these linked to the ruling get together, Fb on Thursday mentioned it has banned Raja Singh from its platform and Instagram for violating its coverage on content material selling violence and hate.

Reacting to the ban, Mr Singh mentioned he had written a letter to Hyderabad Police Cyber Crime division on October 8, 2018 that his official Fb verified web page was hacked. He once more began a brand new web page which “was unpublished/deleted in April 2019”.

“So, Since April 2019, I am not on Fb itself, so no query of banning (me). Is Fb working below the stress of Congress,” Mr Singh mentioned in a short assertion.

In a separate video message, the legislator mentioned leaders like Rahul Gandhi made ”false” statements in opposition to the BJP and PM Modi, utilizing social media platforms and demanded that after thorough analysis, accounts of Congress and Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) events ought to be faraway from social networking websites.

On Thursday, Fb mentioned it has banned Raja Singh “for violating our coverage prohibiting people who promote or have interaction in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform.”

After the ban, Mr Singh has been designated below Fb’s harmful people and organisations coverage, and won’t be allowed to take care of a presence on the platform going ahead.

The method for evaluating potential violators is intensive and it’s what led to Fb’s choice to take away his account, an announcement from the corporate mentioned.

Fb, which counts India amongst its largest markets with over 300 million customers, has been within the eye of a storm after a Wall Road Journal report alleged that its content material insurance policies favoured the ruling BJP.

The report had alleged that Fb had ignored posts containing hate speech by Raja Singh to guard its enterprise pursuits in India, setting off a political feud between the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP.

A parliamentary panel led by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor summoned Fb representatives to debate the difficulty on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had additionally written to Fb chief Mark Zuckerberg accusing the social media platform’s workers of supporting folks from a political predisposition that misplaced successive elections, and “abusing” the Prime Minister and senior cupboard ministers.

(With inputs from PTI)