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FIR filed against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over defamatory post against Akhilesh Yadav

FIR filed against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over defamatory post against Akhilesh Yadav

A case has been registered against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over an alleged controversial post against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

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Story highlights
  • Case has been registered against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over comments on Akhilesh Yadav.
  • Zuckerberg himself has not posted any defamatory post against Yadav.
  • The FIR names him because his platform was used to post derogatory comments against him.

A case has been registered against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over an alleged controversial post against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. The case has been filed at a court in UP's Kannuaj district. Along with Zuckerberg, the lawsuit also named 49 others, a PTI report reveals. Interestingly, Zuckerberg himself has not posted any defamatory post against Yadav. The FIR names him because his platform was used to post derogatory comments against him.

As per the PTI sport, Amit Kumar, a resident of Sarahati village in UP's Kannauj district, had filed a case against Zuckerberg and 49 others for posting defamatory comments against Akhilesh Yadav. In his application before the court, Kumar has alleged that an attempt to tarnish the image of Samajwadi party chief was made on a Facebook page titled "Bua Babua". Notably, the term "Bua Babua" was coined when BSP chief Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, the popular political rivals, formed an alliance in the 2019 parliamentary election.

"During the course of investigation Zuckerberg's name was dropped, while investigation is being carried out against the administrator of the (Facebook) page," a senior district police official told PTI. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dharamveer Singh asked the police to lodge the case at the behest of Kumar.

Kumar had sent an application to the Superintendent of Police on May 25 but his application fell into deaf ears. Following which, he went ahead and filed an FIR and demanded that a case be registered against the admin of the Facebook page along with the CEO Zuckerberg.