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Delhi riots: Facebook granted extension to appear before Assembly panel

The Assembly committee is examining the “unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in Delhi in February 2020”. Its proceedings have now been rescheduled to November 18.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: November 2, 2021 12:23:47 pm
Security forces in Northeast Delhi, after the violence. (Express Photo/File)

Facebook India requested an extension of 14 days to appear before the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony to “ensure the availability of senior representatives with the requisite knowledge” who are “best placed to provide the Committee with the data required”, the government said Tuesday.

The proceedings have now been rescheduled to 12.30 pm on November 18. The committee is examining the “unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in Delhi in February 2020”.

“Considering the request and reasons stated therein, the Chairman and MLA Sh. Raghav Chadha has decided to grant the extension to Facebook India to make available the suitable senior representatives,” the government said.

The request was made by the Public Policy Head of Facebook India, communicated through an email dated October 29. The summons had been issued to them on October 27 to appear before the committee by November 2.

So far, the committee has called senior journalists, fact-checkers, digital rights activists and Facebook employees to depose before it. The proceedings are live-streamed.

Some of those who have appeared before the committee include Facebook’s former employee Mark S Luckie, journalists Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Prabir Purkayastha, Digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa and Alt News Co-Founder Pratik Sinha.

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