A former Facebook executive has made a stunning revelation accusing the social media giant giving top managerial posts in the company to those who have ‘strong governmental associations or political affiliations.’ Appearing before the Delhi Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony through video link, Mark Luckie also accused his former employer of resorting to ‘compromised implementation’ of community standards.
“The witness during the course of deposition made extremely scathing revelations on the internal functioning of Facebook, thus giving insights on the entire organisational structure of Facebook globally as well as regionally,” news agency PTI quoted a statement from the committee.
Luckie, according to the news agency, also said that repeated interference of the top heads of the Facebook on content moderating teams had ‘led to compromising on community guidelines.’ He said that top members of the Facebook management team including its CEO Mark Zuckerberg were ‘generally aware of such gross inaction and misappropriation’ of the community standards and other policies of the company.
Facebook has been facing allegations of biases in favour of the BJP in India. Its former India policy director and lobbyist, Ankhi Das, had recently resigned from her post following a global outcry over her support for Islamophobia.
LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:
18:04 PM: 3 arrested in Maharashtra for alleged involvement in gunning down of man, wife & son in Chennai; killing was due to matrimonial dispute: police. (PTI)
17:24 PM: Supreme Court modifies the Telangana High Court order and grants partial relief to Telangana Fire Works Dealers Association (TFWDA) allowing the sale and bursting of green crackers for 2 hours during Diwali. (ANI)
16:46 PM: 3 security forces personnel among 6 people killed in multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along LoC from Gurez sector to Uri sector of J&K: officials. (PTI)
16:08 PM: Five civilians were injured on Friday as Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control (LoC) in #JammuandKashmir’s Poonch district for the fourth consecutive day, police said. (IANS)
15:29 PM: #Uttarakhand BJP suspends former MLA Lakhiram Joshi from party for alleged breach of discipline. (PTI)
15:24 PM: 3 dead, 2 others hospitalised allegedly after consuming spurious liquor in Lucknow: police. (PTI)
14:22 PM: On Nov 15, at 12:30 pm all the NDA MLAs will hold a joint meeting, all decisions will be notified: Chief Minister & JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar. (ANI)
13:52 PM: CPI (M) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan granted leave of absence from his post as he needs further medical treatment. A Vijayaraghavan to replace him: Party statement. (ANI)
13:08 PM: COVID-19 situation in Delhi should come under control in 7-10 days; we are considering taking several steps next week: CM Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
12:12 PM: WHO global centre for traditional medicine to be established in India: WHO DG in video message during inauguration of Ayurveda institutions. (PTI)
11:22 AM: Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) says it has sealed two polluting units, ordered closure of 15 others which may have caused frothing in Yamuna. (PTI)
10:38 AM: 44,879 fresh cases take India’s COVID-19 tally to 87,28,795; death toll reaches 1,28,668 with 547 more fatalities: Health Ministry. (PTI)
09:54 AM: Mumbai: Narcotics Control Bureau arrests Paul Bartel, a friend of actor Arjun Rampal, in a drug-related case. (ANI)
09:31 AM: More than 70 Bangladeshi human traffickers have been named in the Red Notice List of the International Criminal Police Organization (#Interpol). #Bangladesh itself has shared the details of these traffickers with the organisation. (IANS)