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Facebook is served just deserts for getting meddlesome

India has rightly condemned Facebook for promoting “vested lobby that abhors free speech.” The condemnation couldn’t have come at a better time, for Facebook, like other social media platforms, is increasingly showing pro-Left and anti-Left biases in its ban spree.

But such is the hold of Left-liberals in the media that the social media giant is portrayed as favorably inclined towards the Narendra Modi government. The government, however, thinks otherwise. So, in a tough letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad complained that the platform has been “hijacked by a vested lobby that abhors free speech and tries to enforce one worldview and rejects diversity.”

Prasad hurled serious charges at the social media giant: “It seems from credible media reports that the Facebook India team, right from the India managing director to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a particular political belief. People from this political pre-disposition have been overwhelmingly defeated by the people in successive free and fair elections. After having lost all democratic legitimacy, they are trying to discredit India’s democratic process by dominating the decision-making apparatus of important social media platforms. Facebook is the latest tool in their arsenal to stoke internal divisions and social disturbances.”

So far, there hasn’t been any rebuttal of Prasad’s charges, at least from Facebook. The social media platform can’t blame anybody else for its trials and tribulations; it is itself responsible for the troubles it is facing. It asked for trouble—and got it in droves.

Facebook bosses wanted to <a href="https://indianarrative.com/india/facebook-plays-god-gets-battered-in-political-arena-9660.html">play God</a>. They wanted the world to behave itself; to be precise, to behave in accordance with the norms and standards specified by the purveyors of the fake doctrines like political correctness and multiculturalism. The purveyors are peddled by New Left professors who infest Western academia.

Facebook, like other social media platforms, has unquestioningly, almost slavishly, accepted the stupid and dangerous theories of such academics, the theories which are incessantly disseminated by the mainstream media; for most editors have also internalized much of postmodern humbug that universities regularly produce. Unsurprisingly, <a href="https://indianarrative.com/opinion/facebook-faces-consequences-of-efforts-to-save-the-world-10130.html">social media oligarchs</a> and media moguls want to change the world.

So, Facebook rushes in where smart nerds fear to tread. For instance, it termed the February communal violence in Northeast Delhi this year as a “hate crime”; this hugely embarrassed the Indian government and the ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In general, Facebook has been harsh on the Right. For instance, last year in June, it removed the “official” page of American conservative intellectual and free speech activist Milo Yiannopoulos.

It needs to be mentioned that in March 2019, the IT Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Anurag Thakur, had summoned Facebook and accused it of anti-conservative bias.

Irony is that though Zuckerberg and his company genuflect to the Left—and therefore unfairly target the Right all over the world—the orphans of Marx and Mao remain implacable. So, Facebook continues to get badgered from all sides. It is facing flak from all sides—the Right as well as the Left, the government as well as the Opposition.

Just deserts, we say..