Is Facebook truly a neutral and an agnostic platform for all to use? Far from it. After interviewing nearly 50 people over the last five months, we have put together evidence (some of it circumstantial) to indicate that senior employees of Facebook in India have worked, and continue to work, very closely with the country’s ruling regime. Given past experience, the question is how neutral Facebook will be in the run-up to the April-May 2019 general elections. In the first article in this series of reports, we examined allegations relating to the complicity of Facebook and WhatsApp in disseminating disinformation, hate speech and incendiary information. In the second, we reported on how Facebook arrived at the dominant position it is in India at present with more than a little help from friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this, the third report in the series, we outline the role played by key individuals with close links to the BJP and with Modi in propagating his party’s right-wing Hindu nationalist agenda.
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