An FIR has been filed against Facebook’s policy chief in India Ankhi Das by a Chhattisgarh-based journalist for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and inciting communal violence. Two people that allegedly posted threatening comments against the journalist have also been named within the FIR.
The case was lodged on the complaint of Awesh Tiwari, a Raipur-based journalist and also a member of the Congress government’s fake news committee.
“I am the state head of Swaraj Express and that we had put up a post regarding the Wall Street Journal’s expose of how Ankhi Das at Facebook pressured her juniors to not implement hate speech clause on political posts to stay her relationship with the ruling party intact,” Tiwari said within the FIR.
Following the post, Tiwari said he started getting threats over calls, messages from people that all said they were calling for Ankhi Das.
The FIR has been registered under Indian legal code Sections 295(a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to
outrage religious feelings), 505(1)(c) (with intent to incite), or which is probably going to incite, any class or community of persons to commit offence against the other class or community), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention).
Das, who has been at the centre of an issue following a WSJ report on BJP-linked hate posts, had filed a complaint to Delhi Police alleging “violent threats” against her.
In her complaint, Das said: “Since August 14, I even have been receiving violent threats to my life and body, and that i am extremely disturbed by the relentless harassment administered to me by the accused persons. The content, which even includes my photograph, is evidently threatening to my life and body and that i fear for my safety also as that of my relations . The content also maligns my reputation supported a news story and that i am subjected to name-calling, cyber bullying and eve-teasing online.”
The WSJ had reported that Facebook India’s Public Policy Director Ankhi Das told staff members that “punishing violations” by BJP politicians “would damage the company’s business prospects within the country, Facebook’s biggest global market by number of users”