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Sonia Gandhi urges Govt to tame FB, Twitter to protect democracy

Sonia Gandhi urges Govt to tame FB, Twitter to protect democracy

New Delhi: Fumed over the reports that claimed the ruling BJP has contracted with social media giants to push their side of content over the content of other political parties, Lok Sabha MP and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi demanded the Centre to stop hacking democracy by abusing social media.

During the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi, referring to the reports published in Al Jazeera and The Reporters' Collective, wanted the government to end the systematic interference of Facebook and other social media giants in the electoral politics.

She said that it has been reported that social media like Facebook and Twitter are being used to build public opinions by the political parties and their proxies.

"The blatant manner, in which social harmony is being disturbed by Facebook, with the connivance of the ruling establishment, is dangerous for our democracy. Young and old minds alike are being filled with hate through emotionally charged disinformation and proxy advertising. Companies like Facebook are aware of this and are profiting from it. These reports show a growing nexus between big corporations, the ruling establishment and global social media giants like Facebook," Gandhi said.

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