The world’s largest social networking website Facebook on Wednesday said it would remove content, block pages or even disable accounts of those users who upload content that incite violence or perpetuate hate speech.
The assurance came in the backdrop of appeals by India to remove hate posts, after some postings sparked a mass flight of migrants from northeast who were living in the south of the country.
Facebook has some 50 million users in India.
The Indian government had notified Facebook that posting of contents, including inflammatory matters and doctored pictures and videos to create social unrest in the country.
“Facebook will remove content which breaches our terms as set out in our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Content or individuals can be removed from Facebook for a variety of reasons including issuing direct calls for violence or perpetuating hate speech,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
“We have received requests from Indian authorities and agencies and are working through those requests and responding to the agencies. We encourage people to continue to use our tools to report content they are concerned about so that we can investigate and take action fast,” the spokesperson said.
Given the gravity of the situation, a large number of Facebook employees are working round the clock in both India and the US to review and monitor the content and take necessary action.