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End Facebook Interference in India's Electoral Politics: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi urged the Modi government to end 'systematic interference and influence of Facebook and other social media giants in the electoral politics' of India.
End Facebook Interference in India's Electoral Politics: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday urged the government to put an end to the alleged "systematic interference" of Facebook and other social media giants in India's electoral politics.

Making a Zero Hour submission in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi referred to a report published in Al Jazeera and The Reporters' Collective claiming that Facebook had offered BJP cheaper deals for election advertisements as compared to other political parties.

"I urge the government to put an end to the systematic interference and influence of Facebook and other social media giants in the electoral politics of the world's largest democracy. This is beyond partisan politics," she said.

"We need to protect democracy and social harmony regardless of who is in power," Gandhi added.

Meanwhile, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Facebook and alleged that it was "worse for democracy".

Rahul Gandhi shared a compilation of news reports on Twitter, accusing the social media giant of helping the BJP reach out to voters during the elections.

"Meta-worse for democracy," Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

(With PTI inputs)

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