The problem for Meta
Is that their history is such that they have no credibility. So regardless of the veracity of The Wire's story, no one will take Meta's word for much of anything.
Meta's complex relationship with India's citizens and government is again in the spotlight after allegations it rolled out the red carpet for government censors. The allegations appeared in Indian outlet The Wire last week, in reporting that asserted that posts reported by Amit Malviya, president of the IT team at India's …
There is no excuse for taking anyone's word for it. "Evidence", by definition, is something you can look at.
Question for MetaFace: if you did give a politician the keys to "moderate" content on your platform, how would we the public know about it? Would you undertake to publish the names of everyone who has that power?
First of all, Meta long ago forfeited the benefit of doubt. Despite knowing this, they still made at least two provably false or carefully parsed statements in their denial, thus providing The Wire with a huge stick to beat them. The DKIM signatures are particularly damning.
What I take home from this is that Meta is appeasing the Modi government with censorship privileges, not surprising since they are banned from China, losing ground in the West as they are shunned by younger generations, and India is their one real growth market, albeit only marginally profitable. This is unlike their involuntary abetting of the Myanmar junta's genocide against the Rohingya, but then again, perhaps we should reconsider if that was actually complicity. Furthermore, that program is probably not Xcheck but has another name, which is why the carefully worded non-denial insists so much on that irrelevant matter of terminology.
The whole thing is a laugh riot . The Liar taking on Meta in a contest to see who’s the more honest one.
On one side you have Sid V frantically making and hen deleting Twitter posts when he realizes he’s legally liable for the claims he makes, and on the other hand you have Meta being Meta.
Blue on blue is great to enjoy over popcorn.