Facebook could face contempt charges after Indian head fails to show up

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A Delhi legislative panel on Tuesday warned Facebook Inc it could face contempt proceedings after its India head failed to show up at a hearing into its alleged role in fanning religious riots in the capital city earlier this year. The panel has asked Mohan to appear before it another day, which is yet to be decided, committee chief Raghav Chadha told Reuters. “In the event of subsequent default, the committee shall be constrained to invoke its power to initiate breach of privilege proceedings against Facebook India unit,” he said. But in a letter to Chadha the company said it shares the panel’s concerns and has taken measures to curb the spread of hate speech on its platforms. Facebook is facing intense political scrutiny in India, its biggest market by users, after it was reported last month that a top company executive opposed applying hate speech rules to a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party.

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