Facebook accused of spreading hate content, centre now seeks details of algorithms

New Delhi: The Modi government at the Centre has written to Facebook asking it to provide information on algorithms and procedures used by the social media company. The move also assumes significance because recently revealed Facebook's internal papers show that the company is facing a problem of misleading information, hate speech and celebration-related content on violence in India, its largest market.

According to media reports, social media researchers have underlined that there are groups and pages that are 'full of misleading, inflammatory and anti-Muslim content.' According to sources close to the developments, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has written to Facebook asking it to provide information about algorithms and procedures used by the company. He said the government has also asked Facebook to report the steps taken to protect users.

According to data released by the Government of India earlier this year, 530 million people in the country are using WhatsApp, 410 million are using Facebook and 210 million people are using Instagram. Mentions that earlier this year India introduced new IT rules aimed at bringing more accountability to big tech companies including Twitter and Facebook.

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