Ambani’s Ambivalent Green Ambition: Elements by Clara F. Marques
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Facebook India grilled over hate speech, allegations of bias
NEW DELHI Facebook India executives were grilled Wednesday by members of a parliamentary committee on information technology over allegations of political bias and a role in spreading hate speech in India. As usage has spread across India, Facebook and WhatsApp have become fierce battlegrounds for Indias political parties. Modi's party and its leaders have repeatedly denied the allegations and instead accuse Facebook of censoring pro-India content. It found that 93% of the hate speech reported to Facebook was not removed. She said Facebook India must ensure diversity in its content moderation team and consumer oversight of hate content.
India ruling party denies preferential treatment by Facebook
Opposition Congress party lawmaker Shashi Tharoor said the information technology committee he heads in Parliament will take up the findings of the Aug. 14 report in The Wall Street Journal. Since coming to power in 2014, Modi's party has increasingly used Facebook to reach voters across India. The party has vastly outspent its main opposition, the Congress party, on social media ads. Panda and other BJP leaders said the allegation that Facebook was giving the governing party preferential treatment stemmed from the once-dominant Congress party's political misfortunes in recent years. The Congress party denied the whistleblower's allegation.
Facebook invests $5.7 billion in Jio Platforms, marking a big push into India
The social network made a $5.7 billion investment in Jio Platforms Limited, owned by Reliance Industries which is run by billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Jio Platforms has a number of brands under it including its telecommunications business Reliance Jio which has grown rapidly thanks to competitive pricing to become the number one mobile carrier in India by revenue and subscriber base. The investment gives Facebook a 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms and gives it a pre-money enterprise value of $65.95 billion. The move is timely as Facebook is gearing to launch a payments feature for WhatsApp in India. The investment could be key for a number of reasons including access to Jio Platforms' more than 380 million user base as well as having the political backing of Ambani.cnbc.com