On April 1, Facebook announced that it had taken down 687 pages and accounts being allegedly run by the “Congress IT Cell”. Facebook said, “While the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our review found that it was connected to individuals associated with an INC IT cell.”
Facebook added that the accounts were taken down for “violating Facebook’s policies on coordinated inauthentic behaviour or spam.” They also said, “We are taking down these pages and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they posted.” However, none of this offers any real explanation as to how they arrived at the conclusion that the pages were run by the Congress IT Cell.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party itself clarified that no official page run by the party or its verified volunteers had been taken down. This makes one wonder if this entire exercise of making such an announcement just weeks before the general elections is a means to influence the result of the polls and create confusion in the minds of people? Is Facebook in cahoots with the BJP and is the latest hit job on the Congress was a result of this unholy nexus?…
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