Facebook’s India head questioned on ‘Bajrang Dal ban’ by Parliamentary panel


New Delhi: Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan was questioned about a recent report that the social media giant is reluctant to ban the Bajrang Dal due to concerns over the security of its staff. Mohan deposed before a parliamentary panel on Wednesday.

Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, along with Tharoor, questioned Mohan about a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on banning the Bajrang Dal on Facebook, sources said.

The WSJ report suggested that despite an internal assessment calling for a ban on the Bajrang Dal, Facebook has not cracked down on the Hindu nationalist group due to financial considerations and concerns over the safety of its employees.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had called Facebook on the issue of the citizens’ data safety. Ajit Mohan was accompanied by Shivnath Thukral, the public policy director of Facebook.