Facebook Inc announced on Tuesday that it is planning to launch News Service in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India and Brazil in the coming months, after having introduced the feature in the United States last year.
Facebook is a social media giant and has 2.7 billion active users. As many believe, the reports and disinformation campaigns by facebook affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, won by Donald Trump.
Although, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed by identifying high-quality outlets.
Notably, the platform faced criticism in India recently about favouring a hate speech and colluding with BJP.
Wall Street Journal published the report claiming that Facebook’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, told employees that initiating punitive action against BJP politicians indulging in hate propaganda would hurt the company’s “business prospects” in India.
The Wall Street Journal claimed that facebook is being biased in India as it ignored its own hate speech policy when an Anti-Muslim post was uploaded on Facebook. According to the report, Facebook didn’t want to ruin its relationship with the ruling party in India.
It also turned out to be a huge political dispute between BJP and opposition.