Governments don't really understand technology well, and the more knowledgeable they are, the better they will hold Facebook accountable, said Mark Luckie, a witness before the Delhi Legislative Assembly's Peace and Harmony Committee. He argued that Facebook could not be trusted to self-regulate, and that this was the governments' job. Luckie is a former employee of Facebook based in the city of Atlanta, in the United States, who left the company in 2018 after accusing it of not doing enough to address its lack of diversity. This is one of several hearings of the Committee, which has been probing Facebook's alleged role in aggravating the riots and violence in northeast Delhi in February this year. The Committee was constituted after the riots to foster harmonious relations among the general populace, and sprung to action in August after a report from the Wall Street Journal accused Facebook India's public policy team of not policing hate speech by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party. It had earlier also summoned Facebook India’s head Ajit Mohan, who then approached the Supreme Court to obtain a stay until further orders. Read our full coverage of the Delhi Assembly's Peace and Harmony Committee here. Luckie, who deposed remotely from the US, worked at Facebook between October 2017 and November 2018 as "Strategic Partner Manager for Influencers", according to his LinkedIn page. When Luckie resigned, he sent a memo to his colleagues, which he subsequently made public. In the, now well-known, memo he said that "Facebook has…
‘Facebook can’t be trusted to self-regulate’: Former employee tells Delhi’s Peace and Harmony committee
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