The Peace and Harmony Committee of the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Monday will resume hearing witnesses against Facebook while looking into complaints about the social networking site’s alleged “deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content” in India, PTI reported. The inquiry relates to the February violence in North East Delhi.

The panel has called NewsClick editor Prabir Purkayastha and co-founder of Alt News Pratik Sinha for examination, it said in a statement.

“The Delhi Legislative Assembly’s committee, after careful deliberations of the allegations in the complaints levelled against Facebook, has taken prompt cognizance of the issue and set its mechanism in full swing,” the panel added.

The committee had asked Facebook India’s Vice President and Managing Director Ajit Mohan to appear for questioning on September 23 – a second round of summons – over allegations that the social media giant’s laxity in applying hate speech rules and policies contributed to the communal violence that hit the Capital in February. At least 53 people were killed and scores injured in the violence that rocked North East Delhi.

Mohan had not appeared for the first round. After the panel summoned him the second time and reportedly stated that his non-appearance would be treated as breach of privilege, the Facebook executive moved the Supreme...

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