National: Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader on August 19 alleges the Government once again. He stated that around two crore people lost their jobs in the last four months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The “truth about unemployment” cannot be hidden from the country, Rahul Gandhi also asserted.
Citing a media report, he wrote a tweet in Hindi.
“In the last 4 months, around 2 crore people have lost their jobs. The future of 2 crore families is in the dark. The truth about unemployment and the destruction of the economy cannot be hidden from the country. One must not peddle fake news and hatred on Facebook.” the Tweet stated.
According to Rahul Gandhi, around 1.89 Crore people lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic from April onwards.
A massive political row broke out after a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The Wall Street Journal alleged that senior Facebook executives had opposed applying hate speech rules to posts by certain BJP leaders, with the BJP and the Congress engaged in a bitter war of words over the issue.
“We cannot allow any manipulation of our hard-earned democracy through bias, fake news, and hate speech. As exposed by WSJ, Facebook’s involvement in peddling fake and hate news needs to be questioned by all Indians,” Gandhi tweeted on August 18.
Hitting back at the Congress, Union Information Technology Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said people whose political base has “shrunk like anything” seek to dominate the discourse on these platforms and asserted that everybody regardless of his ideology has the right to air views.
He said former Congress president Rahul Gandhi believes that any organization that does not work to his liking is acting under the pressure of the BJP and the RSS.