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Delhi Riots 2020: Facebook India Seeks 14-Day Extension Over Summon

Facebook India has sought a 14-day extension to testify over the February 2020 riots in the national capital.

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Facebook India has sought a 14-day extension to appear before the Delhi Assembly's Committee on Peace and Harmony, which had summoned the social media giant to send its senior representative to testify on 2 November over the February 2020 riots in the national capital.

Public policy head of Facebook India has made the extension request to enable the organisation to ensure the availability of senior representatives with the requisite knowledge to provide the committee with the data required.

"It becomes incumbent on yourself to ensure the appearance of the appropriate senior representative(s) before the Committee on the date and time requested," the letter sent to the deputy secretary of the committee on 29 October read.

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The team has also requested the committee to share questions it intends to ask or "at least the topics of inquiry in advance" so that Facebook's representatives are "equipped with relevant information".

The Delhi Assembly panel in its summon dated 27 October said, "Since Facebook has lakhs of users in the NCT of Delhi, the committee has decided to hear the views of representative(s) of Facebook India.

"The committee has observed and is of the opinion that social media has a very important role in curbing the spread of false, provocative and malicious messages, which can fan the violence and disharmony."

The committee was constituted after the Northeast Delhi riots took place between anti- and pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters.

The time of the mayhem coincided with former United States President Donald Trump's maiden trip to India.

Over 50 people had died in this riots, one-third of which belonged to a minority community.

Several viral posts over social media, mainly Facebook, added fuel to the fire.

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