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Delhi riots: Facebook officials to appear before Delhi Assembly committee on November 18

Delhi Legislative Assembly's committee on ‘Peace and Harmony’ on October 29 had decided to call upon Facebook India to send a senior representative on “role of social media in curbing the spread of false and malicious messages which can fan disharmony and affect peace”.
 

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New Delhi, First Published Nov 16, 2021, 7:14 PM IST
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In connection with the Delhi riots, Facebook India Public Policy Director, Shivnath Thukral and Director (Legal) GV Anand Bhushan have been asked to appear before Delhi Assembly's Committee on Peace and Harmony on November 18. The following senior representatives shall appear before the Committee on November 18, 2021, on behalf of Facebook: Shivnath Thukral and GV Anand Bhushan, the official communique said.

Thukral, in an official letter, stated, “We again thank you for the opportunity to appear before the Committee on Peace and Harmony ("Committee") to provide our views to assist the Committee in its 'aims to recommend preventative and remedial measures concerning issues of governance, social cohesion, unity, brotherhood and peace' and 'to strengthen overall social and economic development' through communal harmony. Facebook shares the Committee's aim to improve harmony among religious communities, linguistic communities, and social groups.”

As per Facebook India, this letter was issued without prejudice to and expressly reserving, any and all rights available to Facebook under the Judgment and the law.

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Delhi Legislative Assembly's committee on ‘Peace and Harmony’ on October 29 had decided to call upon Facebook India to send a senior representative on “role of social media in curbing the spread of false and malicious messages which can fan disharmony and affect peace”.

In February 2020, violence took place in the northeast area of Delhi between groups supporting and opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act. Following this, the Peace and Harmony Committee (Committee) was constituted by the Delhi Legislative Assembly to probe the Delhi riots of February 2020. The committee is chaired by AAP leader Raghav Chadha.

On July 9 this year, the Supreme Court held the Delhi Assembly’s Peace and Harmony committee’s right to question Facebook India officials as valid.

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