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India protesters urge Facebook to suspend top executive

Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook India executive Prem Nath on a media conference, on 19 December. Protestors in India have begun a campaign to pressure Facebook to suspend a senior executive accused of “shielding” anti-Muslim hate speech. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the suspension of Prem Nath, the Facebook India country manager. They accuse him of allowing anti-Muslim comments to

be posted on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The social media company says it has suspended two accounts following complaints. Facebook India has denied the allegations. Protestors are also circulating a petition which calls on police to investigate him for hate speech. Image copyright AFP Image caption The petition urges police to investigate Prem Nath The petition argues that the posts contained negative and

abusive language against Muslims, resulting in physical attacks. Journalist Jaideep Sahni, who created the petition, said: “It is a deeply worrying moment that the most important news portal in India, WhatsApp, is run by the world’s richest and most powerful company. “Instead of learning the lessons from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook must also become an agent of change for clean journalism in India.” On

Monday, Facebook said it had suspended two accounts in the past two weeks for “apparent violation of Facebook community standards”. Its statement also said it has a human review team on the ground in India, tracking what is being said on the internet there, and suspending accounts “when we determine that this violation is serious enough to warrant it”. In October, it admitted that it had known about a problem with

Islamic State jihadis using WhatsApp messaging to radicalise and recruit for more than a year.

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