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After Twitter, Facebook’s action against Rahul Gandhi, post removed

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Facebook has removed former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s post in which the identities of the parents of a nine-year-old girl, the victim of an alleged rape in Delhi, have been exposed. According to sources, the social media platform has taken this step terming the Congress leader’s post as a violation of its policies.

Sources said that Facebook informed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that it has removed related posts of Rahul Gandhi from Facebook and Instagram. Instagram is an entity owned by Facebook. A few days ago, Facebook wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi asking him to remove his post from Instagram.

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A Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Friday, “We took this step to remove it because it violates our policies.” Earlier on Friday, the NCPCR had asked Facebook to take action against the former Congress president’s Instagram profile for posting a picture of the girl’s parents.

On August 4, the NCPCR had asked Twitter to take action against Rahul Gandhi’s account in the same matter. After this Twitter had closed the account of the Congress leader, although his account was restored on Saturday. The NCPCR said that disclosing the identity of the girl’s parents violated Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, Section 23 of the POCSO Act and Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code. Rahul Gandhi recently shared a picture of the girl’s parents and announced to stand together in the demand of justice for the family.

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