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After Twitter, Facebook removes Rahul Gandhi’s post revealing identity of Dalit rape victim’s family

The company has informed Gandhi that the post had been taken down, along with the reasons for doing so.

After Twitter Facebook removes Rahul Gandhis post revealing identity of Dalit rape victims family-dnm
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 20, 2021, 4:36 PM IST

Facebook-owned Instagram on Friday took down a post by Rahul Gandhi citing policy violation as it revealed the identity of the parents of a minor Dalit girl who was raped and murdered in Delhi.

The company has informed Gandhi that the post had been taken down, along with the reasons for doing so.

In its letter, Facebook wrote, "A post you uploaded through your Instagram account is unlawful under Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015; Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012; and Section 288A of the Indian Penal Code. In accordance with NCPCR's notice, you are requested to remove this post expeditiously."

Also, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had issued summons to Facebook’s Head of Trust and Safety Department Satya Yadav for failing to take action against the post that compromised the identity of the minor victim.  

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The child rights body had said in a letter dated August 13, “The Commission had taken cognisance upon a video posted on the Instagram portal of Shri Rahul Gandhi wherein the identity of minor girl victim’s parents has been disclosed…The matter had been forwarded to Facebook Inc. for removal of post and taking action against the Instagram profile of Shri Rahul Gandhi within 3 days. However, no reply/action taken report has been received by you even after the lapse of 03 days time.”

Earlier, Twitter had suspended Gandhi’s account as it said he had violated their policy with a tweet revealing the identity of the kin of a rape victim. His account was restored a week after.

Last week, Gandhi accused Twitter of being “biased and interfering in the country’s political process” after it suspended his account temporarily.

Though the social media giants said his posts clearly violated their policies, the Congress party had claimed that they had received consent from the parents to share the photographs, however, the mother of the victim denied ever giving them any consent.

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