As per reports, Mark Zuckerberg quoted BJP leader- Mishra’s threat while outlaying the model to judge provocative content on social media. However, Zuckerberg did not take the name of Kapil Mishra. This happened on Tuesday when Mark was having video interaction with his employees.
“And there have been cases in India, for example, where someone said, ‘Hey, if the police don’t take care of this, our supporters will get in there and clear the streets’,” Zuckerberg said.
“That is kind of encouraging supporters to go do that in a more direct way, and we took that down. So we have a precedent for that.”
The above quote is retrieved from leaked audio. The interaction was held despite the social media giant’s failure to flag controversial posts made by US President Donald Trump concerning the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests.
The quote used by Zuckerberg is believed to trigger the North-East Delhi riots, which killed around 40 people.
In February, Trump visited India, during which protest was underway at the Jaffrabad Metro station.
In a video he shared on social media, he was heard saying, “We will maintain peace until (US President) Donald Trump is in India. After that, we refuse to listen to even the police if the roads are not cleared…. we will be forced to hit the streets,” he is heard saying in the video.
The meeting on Tuesday was held to discuss the handling of Trump’s Facebook post. The post was criticized as praisings fro violence. The meeting had 25,000 employees.
This includes a post where Trump said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, which referred to complaints of violence during protests against the killing of George Floyd.
Zuckerberg: “We Basically Concluded After The Research And After Everything I’ve Read”
However, the President’s tweet was placed under warning by Twitter. Twitter claimed that Trump’s tweet promoted violence.
Moreover, Twitter also flagged the President’s tweet. The tweet reflected unbacked claims about mail-in voting. Those claims led him to sign an executive order aimed at lifting legal protections for social media companies.
Explaining Facebook’s action, Zuckerberg said, “We basically concluded after the research and after everything I’ve read and all the different folks that I’ve talked to, that that reference is clearly to aggressive policing — maybe excessive policing — but has no history of being read as a dog whistle for vigilante supporters to take justice into their own hands.”
Facebook’s mentioning the Kapil Mishra quotes clearly wants to tell employees that Facebook takes action against provocative statements.