On Thursday, amid the continuing political row over Facebook and its alleged bias towards BJP, the social networking global giant has now said that it has banned BJP MLA T Raja Singh from the media platform.
According to the report, at least five Facebook pages set up in Singh’s name have been removed and show a message that says, “This content isn’t available at the moment”. His Instagram profile is also unavailable and show a message that says, “Sorry, this page isn’t available”.
Singh will not be able to create a profile in Facebook services. Unofficial pages, groups and accounts set up will also be removed by Facebook to represent the politician.
“We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to Facebook’s decision to remove his account,” the statement further added.
Significantly, a Wall Street Journal report had stated, “Facebook’s policies support the Indian government and claimed that Facebook is facing increasing pressure from authorities in India and criticism for its delivering hate speeches”. After which, India’s opposition parties attacked Facebook and the government’s nexus.
Let us tell you that India is a largest market for Facebook, more than 300 million people use the company’s core social network.
On July 31, 2018, Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Raja Singh had said in a controversial video message, “Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis are a “danger to India” and should be shot dead if they don’t leave the country. Only then, our country will be safe.”
He also labelled them “pests”, saying “there is no need to keep them in the country”.
“If these immigrants don’t leave peacefully, then they should be shot, says BJP MLA Raja Singh,” Times Now wrote in the caption with releasing a video.
If these immigrants don’t leave peacefully, then they should be shot, says BJP MLA Raja Singh pic.twitter.com/dAf3FR2Vr0— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 31, 2018
The Newsters found that on July 7, 2017, during communal clashes in West Bengal, Raja Singh also released a video on his Twitter account carried the caption in Hindi, “Hindus in Bengal have two options – Kashmir or Gujarat”