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    RTI activist Saket Gokhale plans to file injunction petition in Bombay HC against Facebook

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    Das, Facebook’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, did not respond to an email seeking comment till press time Tuesday.

    Das had mentioned a tweet from Gokhale and two other Twitter accounts in the emailed complaint, claiming that they were circulating her photo with “defamatory comments”.
    New Delhi: RTI activist Saket Gokhale, whose tweets were cited in a complaint Facebook executive Ankhi Das had emailed to the police, is planning to file an injunction petition in the Bombay High Court, seeking an order to the social media company to take down his private contact details published on Facebook pages. Gokhale said he would make Das a respondent to the petition.

    Das had mentioned a tweet from Gokhale and two other Twitter accounts in the emailed complaint, claiming that they were circulating her photo with “defamatory comments”.

    But Goklahe’s name was not mentioned in an FIR Das filed later in Delhi. In the FIR, she accused some people of making online threats to her life, after the Wall Street Journal published an article claiming that Facebook overlooked hate speech by certain BJP leaders.

    “She had flagged my tweet as being defamatory in her complaint. The police didn’t take cognisance of this. There is no mention of me in the FIR because I have not committed a cognisable offence,” Gokhale said.

    “But I'll be filing an injunction in the coming week and I will be making Ankhi Das a respondent in the context of the allegations raised by the WSJ report where there have been examples of Ankhi Das trying to suppress hate speech posts by BJP,” he added.

    Das, Facebook’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, did not respond to an email seeking comment till press time Tuesday.

    Gokhale said he had been at the receiving end of a malicious campaign since around July 25 in the context of a PIL he had filed — the PIL, citing concerns over Covid-19, had sought postponement of the bhoomipoojan for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. "My number has been put up on various BJP Facebook pages. My house was attacked by BJP cadres and despite multiple complaints, Facebook has taken no action,” he said.

    “Facebook said it does not violate their community standards. My number continues to remain public on Facebook for over a month. Ankhi Das has specifically singled me out in her complaint … Facebook needs to prove in court that it wasn’t intentionally done,” he added.

    Meanwhile, journalist Awesh Tiwari, who had filed a police complaint against Das in Raipur, said he was planning to submit his documents to the police on Tuesday.

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