Everything you need to know about Meta’s moderation controversy in India

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Meta — Facebook and Instagram’s parent company — is currently at the center of controversy in India, where a local publication claims the company removed an Instagram post on behalf of an Indian politician. Meta has since pushed back on these claims and accuses the outlet of using “fabricated” evidence, which may actually be the case based on Meta’s rebuttals and the findings from users online.

It’s an unusually difficult story to keep track of, drawing on the nuances of Indian politics, email forensics, and Meta’s contentious relationship with the press. So we’ve boiled down the last week of chaos into a simple recap of what’s happened and why it matters.

What’s going on here?

On October 6th, independent Indian news publication The Wire…

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Author: Emma Roth