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Facebook removes Rahul Gandhi’s post with family of Dalit victim, cites policy violation

It has informed Rahul Gandhi that his post has been taken down, along with the reasons for it.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 20, 2021 2:43:15 pm
rahul gandhiThe former Congress chief also urged the government to let the students "have a fair chance" in the exams. (Twitter: @RahulGandhi)

Facebook on Friday took down a post shared by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, which had pictures of him with the family of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped, killed, and forcibly cremated at a crematorium in New Delhi. Facebook said the post, shared on Instagram, a platform it owns, was in violation of its policies.

The company informed Gandhi that his post had been taken down, along with the reasons for the same.

The action comes days after Facebook wrote to Gandhi, asking him to take down the post. It had written to the leader a week after receiving summons from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

“According to NCPCR’s August 10, 2021 notice, a post you uploaded through your Instagram account, is unlawful under Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015; Section 23 of the POCSO, 2012; and Section 288A of the Indian Penal Code. In accordance with NCPCR’s notice, you are requested to remove this post expeditiously,” Facebook had said in its e-mail to Gandhi.

The NCPCR had earlier written to Facebook, asking the social media platform to take action against Gandhi. Three days later, on August 13, it issued summons to Facebook, asking its representatives to appear in person as there was no response to its notice.

After Facebook wrote to Rahul and provided a copy of the letter to the NCPCR, the child rights panel exempted it from the summons.

Earlier Twitter had deleted the tweet of Gandhi that had a photograph of the parents of the girl and temporarily locked his account after the National Commission for Protection of Child Right issued a notice to the micro-blogging site and asked it to remove the tweet in question.

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