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Facebook India Policy Head Questioned By Parliament Panel For 2 Hours

Facebook India Policy Head Questioned By Parliament Panel For 2 Hours

Sources say Ankhi Das and Ajit Mohan appeared before the panel and were both grilled on data protection.

New Delhi:

Facebook executive Ankhi Das, whose name came up in a controversy over alleged bias by the social networking giant in dealing with hate speeches, was questioned for two hours by a parliamentary panel today.Sources say Ankhi Das and Facebook business head Ajit Mohan appeared before the panel and were both grilled on data protection.  They have been firmly told that they cannot use personal data of citizens for any kind of "inferential" purposes in advertising or business or elections.MPs asked them specific question on what % of their revenue earnings they spend on Safeguards for Data Protection.Sources said Facebook was asked questions related to how much revenue it generates and how much tax it pays.

Ankhi Das, Facebook's policy head, faced criticism recently after a US news report alleged that she opposed applying hate-speech rules to a politician from the ruling BJP.