Not on Facebook, where is the question of ban: BJP MLA Raja Singh

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HYDERABAD: Controversial

Telangana BJP MLA

T

Raja Singh

, banned by

Facebook

on Thursday over hate content, claimed he had no account with the networking site for over a year and wondered if the social media giant was working under Congress “pressure.”

He also accused former Congress president Rahul Gandhi of making false statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP using social media platforms, even as he wanted to exercise his right to be on Facebook.

Friends,I’ve rec’d news through media that I’ve been banned by @Facebook for the so-called controversial speeches… https://t.co/WiEJVmLpaN

— Raja Singh (@TigerRajaSingh)1599121027000

Singh, the lone saffron party legislator from the southern state, claimed he did not have a Facebook account since April 2019 and that the pages the social networking site now banned might have been created by his followers.

Under pressure for weeks over its handling of hate speech, Facebook on Thursday said it has banned Raja Singh from its platform and Instagram for violating its policy on content promoting violence and hate.

Reacting to the ban, Singh wanted to know whether the social networking site was working under the Congress party’s pressure.

He said he had written a letter to Hyderabad Police Cyber Crime department on October 8, 2018 that his official Facebook verified page was hacked.

He again started a new page which “was unpublished/ deleted in April 2019.”

“So, Since April 2019, I’m not on Facebook itself, so no question of banning (me). Is Facebook working under the pressure of Congress,” Singh said in a brief statement.

In a separate video message the legislator said leaders like Rahul Gandhi made ‘false’ statements against the BJP and Modi, using social media platforms and demanded that after thorough research, accounts of Congress and AIMIM parties should be deleted from social networking sites.

Singh said he will write to Facebook to open an account for him, adding that all rules and regulations will be adhered to.

“I will write to Facebook to open my official account. I will follow all rules and regulations to use it. I should be given the right to use Facebook account and I will seek their permission,” he said.

Stating that Facebook is a neutral platform, Singh said linking it with BJP is not fair.

On Thursday, Facebook said it has banned Raja Singh “for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our pla

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