Facebook considers ‘Sanatan Sanstha’, and not Jihadi terrorist organisation as dangerous

The list does not include Zakir Naik, an absconding terrorist, and the Popular Front of India, which is involved in various terrorist activities !

Editorial comments

  • Facebook is not that naive to not know even the basic criteria of who to call ‘dangerous’. Facebook has done this to deliberately defame Hindu religious institutions and prevent their religious activities !
  • Facebook has exhibited its intellectual bankruptcy by placing Sanatan Sanstha in the ranks of terrorist organisations, Maoist organisations, etc. !

New York (US) – Facebook has compiled a confidential list of 4,000 dangerous individuals and organisations around the world and has included Sanatan Sanstha in it. The list was released by the news agency ‘The Intercept’ in the United States. This list contains 10 other organisations in India. The list does not include absconding terrorist Zakir Naik and the Popular Front of India, which is involved in various terrorist activities. Most of the individuals and organisations on this list are from West and South Asia, as well as Islamic countries. It also includes the names of armed social organisations and terrorists. Last year, Facebook cited a list of 600 armed social organisations and deleted approximately 2,400 Facebook pages and 14,200 groups operated by them.

This list is not comprehensive – Facebook

There was no direct response from Facebook for validation after The Intercept revealed the list. Brian Fishman, director of Facebook’s ‘anti-terrorism and dangerous organisations’ policy division, tweeted that the list was not comprehensive. He said, ‘Facebook constantly updates such lists. This list is broken. In this context, I would like to make some suggestions regarding the legal obligations imposed on us. I want to point out some errors. We do not announce such a list. Dangerous organisations should not be allowed to evade the rules, they should not be allowed to sidestep the legal framework and security threats, and this is the purpose behind this. Praising, representing and supporting blacklisted individuals and organisations should not be allowed on our platform; therefore, such text is banned and if any post related to it is published, the text is deleted’.

According to The Intercept, Facebook has banned approximately 1,000 armed groups. This list was taken from the US Government. After the terrorist attack on New York, the then-President George W. Bush administration had made a special list for sanctions. The term ‘global terrorist’ has been used for specific reasons.

Names of other organisations in India in Facebook’s list

1. Communist Party of India (Maoist)

2. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)

3. All Tripura Tiger Force

4. Kangleipak Communist Party

5. Khalistan Tiger Force

6. People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak

7. Indian Mujaheedin

8. JeM affiliated ‘Afzal Guru Squad’

9. Various local groups and sub-groups supporting Islamic State and Taliban (active from other countries including India)

(After reading these names, it shows a clear attempt to deliberately place Sanatan Sanstha in their ranks. Most of the above organisations are banned in India. Facebook is trying to defame an organisation that is not involved in any unlawful activities ! – Editor)

Facebook proves itself to be Hindu-hater by considering Sanatan Sanstha as dangerous and not Dr Zakir Naik : Mr Chetan Rajhans, Sanatan Sanstha

Mr Chetan Rajhans

Mumbai – Recently, an online international conference was held in America in the name of ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ wherein a lot of muck was thrown against Hindu Dharma and attempts were made to connect ‘Hindutva’ with terrorism. It shows the conspiracy which is going on in the US to counter the increasing influence of ‘Hindutva’. Consequently, attempts were made through social media like Facebook, to brand a spiritual organisation like Sanatan Sanstha dangerous. In fact, on the same Facebook, there are more than 50 accounts of Dr Zakir Naik, whom India has accused as a jihadi terrorist and dangerous, propagating his ideology; however, Facebook does not seem to think him as dangerous. It, therefore, clearly shows the anti-Hindu stand of Facebook, stated Mr Chetan Rajhans, the National Spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha, in a press release.

Mr Rajhans further said,

Only in the last week, Facebook’s former Data engineer Francis Hogan has testified before the US Senate that Facebook is dangerous for small children and democracy. Even earlier, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg was called by the US Parliament and questioned about the allegations levelled against Facebook regarding its keeping watch on citizens and divulging citizens’ personal information. Therefore, Sanatan is not bothered about who is on the secret list of a company like Facebook which itself is a threat to democracy.

There is a conspiracy of systematic false propaganda against ‘Hindutva’ going on in the US. Before 2014, for nearly 8 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, was banned from visiting the US. In 2018, in the list of CIA, an American Intelligence Bureau, Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) were classified as ‘militant religious organisations’. Now, Sanatan Sanstha’s name getting included in Facebook’s list proves that Sanatan Sanstha is effectively propagating Hindu Dharma.

Jihadi organisation ‘Popular Front of India’ is not considered as dangerous by Facebook !

Mr Rajhans said that Facebook does not seem to think Popular Front of India (PFI) and its 42 associated organisations as dangerous even though they are engaged in terrorist activities in India. Facebook treats accounts of Telangana’s BJP-MLA Mr Rajasingh Thakur; ‘Sudarshan’ channel openly promoting ‘Hindutva’, and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) working for the establishment of Hindu Rashtra as dangerous accounts. It is most condemnable and discriminatory.

Sanatan Sanstha’s challenge to Facebook !

We also challenge Facebook to show Sanatan Sanstha’s at least one objectionable or anti-social post. Sanatan Sanstha is a spiritual organisation, which propagates Dharma by remaining within the framework of law and the Indian Constitution. The Indian Government has clarified time and again that there has been no proposal to impose a ban on Sanatan despite the opposition’s such demand.