As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, global social media platforms, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are planning to curb misinformation and fake news.
In this regard, Facebook Vice-President Joel Kaplan will appear before the Anurag Thakur led Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) on March 6, to outline the specific measures taken to ensure the safety of users on its platform
As per the sources, Vice-President and Managing Editor of Facebook India, Ajit Mohan and Ankhi Das, Director (Public, Policy and Programmes) will also accompany Kaplan, sources said.
Recently, Colin Crowell, Global Vice-President (Public Policy) of Twitter, has also appeared before the Anurag Thakur-led panel on February 25.
Thakur, in his tweet last month had said: “The Parliamentary Committee will now examine the issue of ‘safeguarding citizen rights on social/online news media platforms’. The following will present their positions: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram.”
It’s interesting to know that Facebook has about 300 million users and WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India.