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Need transparency in Facebook’s content moderation enforcement, witnesses tell Delhi’s Peace and Harmony committee

Photo of Delhi Peace and Harmony committee's hearing with Prabir Purkayasta
Photo of Delhi Peace and Harmony committee's hearing with Prabir Purkayasta

Facebook's content moderation policies are enforced in an extremely opaque manner, and hence transparency is the immediate need of the hour, two witnesses who deposed before the Delhi Legislative Assembly Committee on Peace and Harmony earlier this week said. The committee heard testimonies from Prabir Purkayastha, editor of NewsClick, and Pratik Sinha, co-founder of fact-checking website AltNews, both of whom deposed via video conference on October 12. Purkayastha suggested that the Indian government should mandate social media companies to make all information related to complaints made against social media posts public so that people may be able to track each complaint individually. Sinha, in addition to calls for more transparency, noted that Facebook's execution of its moderation policies are in contravention of its business interests in the country. The Peace and Harmony committee has been hearing on the allegations of…

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