Severe concerns were raised by a parliamentary panel in relation to Facebook’s capability to thwart exploitation of its platform during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and to actively assist the security organizations. Resources stated Facebook notified the parliamentary panel that it is a “hybrid firm” and failed to evidently respond which regulatory framework implements to their advertising, marketing, and content operations, in India.
The company confessed it does not “get it right always” about content control on its platform, they stated. Joel Kaplan, Facebook Vice President (Global Public Policy), showed up before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology to clarify what the company and its subsidiaries—Instagram and WhatsApp—were doing to protect rights of citizens across platforms.
The resources here also stated that the panel felt that regardless of all the regrets for previous blunders that Facebook has made, the firm still appears reluctant to be appropriately transparent and scrutinized. Questions concerning public comments and insensitive tweets by Facebook workers were solicited by Anurag Thakur, the Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman.
Kaplan, as per the resources, apologized to the panel for comments made by Facebook workers on the Pulwama attacks and terrorism. He said, “This is the correct question for companies and policymakers to be coped with at present. We are keen to engage in the precise regulatory framework, we do not have all the answers.” The panel members weren’t swayed that Facebook and its workers are behaving objectively, the resources added.
Likewise, Facebook is confronting backlash over its protected login process 2FA (2-factor authentication) where it asked customers to insert phone numbers that can be looked by advertisers. The safety feature—intended exclusively to validate your individuality on the platform—might have left one’s phone number open for others to notice, even to advertisers to flood you with their advertisements, as per the latest reports.