Facebook said it is taking steps to deal with foul language and misinformation in India as the world’s largest democracy started multi-phase elections in four major states months ago.
A blog post on March 30 stated, “We believe that there is some type of content, such as abusive language, that can cause imminent, offline harm.”
Facebook is the largest market by India users. Its WhatsApp chat service is one of the most popular in the country, with around 500 million users.
Facebook has been under fire globally for alleged flaws in controlling hate speeches. In the United States, the social media giant imposed a month-long freeze on political, electoral and social advertisements to crack down on misinformation and abuses about the November 3 presidential elections.
The manner in which the company’s top lobbying last year suggested social media networks to regulate political content in the country was in favor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, following a Wall Street Journal report in India.
Opposition parties questioned the company’s policy following the report, but the Menlo Park, California-based company said it “committed to being an open and transparent platform.”
“To reduce the risk of problematic content going viral in these states and inciting violence before or during the election, we will significantly reduce the distribution of content that our proactive detection technology identifies as potential hate speech or violence And as provocative does it, ”Facebook said.