On November 9, Yati Narsinghanad disciple Suresh Rajput uploaded a video on Facebook about AIMIM chief Asaddudin Owaisi, the place he referred to Muslims as “pigs” and termed the violence towards the minority Muslim inhabitants in Tripura as “Diwali”. In lower than 24 hours, the video garnered shut to 2 lakh views.
Five days earlier than importing this video, Rajput had uploaded one other video on his Facebook account with his affiliate Rahul Sharma the place the duo threatened to shoot Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The video was taken down by Facebook after social media outrage.
But this wasn’t the primary time Rajput had publicly threatened the CM. In February, Rajput, who goes by “Hindu Sher Boy” on YouTube, had uploaded a video with his affiliate Malik Sehrawat during which they threatened to shoot Kejriwal and kill and evict Muslims in Mangolpuri.
There are Facebook Lives the place Rajput is branding Muslims as “terrorists” and farmers as “Khalistanis”. He is requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deploy the military on the Singhu border. In one other Live from October, he gave the Indian cricket group captain Virat Kohli a “Muslims getup” for his stance towards bursting firecrackers on Diwali. While abusing Kohli within the video and asking his viewers to thrash “folks of his form”, the Live has additionally been used to unfold hate towards the Muslim group.
Ironically in a Live about “Hindu-Muslim brotherhood”, Rajput says that Hindus must be allowed to have fun Navratri and supply bhajans inside mosques since “seculars” enable Muslims to supply namaz in temples. He then instigates his viewers to thrash “seculars” who observe “one-sided brotherhood”.
The aforementioned movies are accessible on Facebook on Rajput’s profile. Facebook has neither taken down these movies nor suspended Rajput.
Facebook’s response to Suresh Rajput’s hate speech
Alt News had emailed a number of movies of Rajput to Facebook the place he may very well be seen spreading hatred towards the Muslim group. Facebook took down most of those hyperlinks and responded, “We have eliminated items of content material that had been in violation of our Community Standards. We don’t enable hate speech on our platform, and we take away it once we discover it or are made conscious of it. We’re investing closely in folks and expertise to assist us discover and take away this content material shortly, but when folks see one thing on Facebook which they suppose violates these guidelines we encourage them to report it to us, so we will take motion. We know our enforcement is just not good and there’s extra work to do, however our common transparency stories present we’re making progress combating these points.”
But Facebook didn’t droop Rajput.
“We do progressive opinions and put restrictions on accounts after they violate. When the account meets the edge to disable, we take ultimate motion,” was the social media large’s response when questioned about its failure to deplatform Rajput.
According to Facebook, he didn’t “meet the edge” to be suspended. Yet there are movies of him overtly inciting violence towards Muslims and selling a boycott of the group.
Rajput’s movies are amplified through different accounts and pages as effectively — SureshHinduboy, Suresh Hindu and Hindu sher boy followers — and these additionally proceed to exist on Facebook.
In reality, his affiliate Prabhu Nishad’s account has additionally not been suspended. Nishad usually shares Rajput’s movies and his personal.
The video below drew shut to 80,000 views. It reveals Rajput in an indignant rant towards a theatre artist Danish Khan who performed the function of Ram in Ramlila. Rajput makes use of offensive language for Khan and accuses Muslims of mass conversions. He additionally abuses Aaj Tak for a broadcast the place the channel reported that Khan was threatened in his locality for taking part in Ram’s function. “The gatekeepers of Sanatana Dharma will determine who will get to play the function of Ram, not information channels…You reside on this nation and eat meat and beef. How are you able to play the function of Ram?” Rajput says.
He is a follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer Nathuram Godse.
Facebook’s response to these customers is just not in tandem with its coverage on hate speech. “We imagine that individuals use their voice and join extra freely after they don’t really feel attacked on the idea of who they’re. That is why we don’t enable hate speech on Facebook,” reads the primary sentence of the coverage that forbids violent speech, dehumanising posts (referring to Muslims as “pigs”) and content material concentrating on protected classes amongst a plethora of different restrictions.
Facebook’s full coverage on hate speech could be learn here.
Suresh Rajput has violated the regulation on a number of counts — violent speech or assist in written or visible kind; dehumanising speech or imagery (referring to Muslims as “pigs”); derogatory phrases associated to sexual exercise (Muslims girls have been portrayed as sexually deviant individuals who bear a number of youngsters of various males); self-admission to intolerance on the idea of protected traits, together with, however not restricted to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist; expressions of hate, together with, however not restricted to: despise, hate.
Suresh Rajput additionally used to flow into objectionable content material amongst lakhs of individuals on YouTube. Unlike Facebook, the video streaming platform took down his channels when alerted by Alt News.
Violation of YouTube’s coverage on hate speech
Suresh Rajput operated underneath the title “Hindu Sher boy” on YouTube. While the subscriber depend of the channel was hidden (in accordance to a June article in The Wire, his YouTube channel had 4.6 lakh followers), the extent of his reputation may very well be gauged by the hundreds of thousands of views his movies acquired.
In February 2020, Rajput uploaded a video the place he referred to AIMIM spokesperson Waris Pathan as “Okay*** Mulla” (a derogatory slang used for Muslims), members of the Muslim group as “pigs” and alluded that Muslim girls who protested towards the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) had been “prostitutes”. He additionally threatened Pathan with violence.
The video had over 1 million views.
In one other video from 2019, the place he focused AIMIM chief Akbaruddin Owaisi, he termed members of the Muslim group “jihadis” and used racist slurs towards Owaisi. This video additionally had over 1 million views.
In a recent video, Rajput focused outstanding Muslim actors of Bollywood — Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan. He started the video by instigating his viewers to boycott Shahrukh Khan’s film “Pathan” and went on an Islamophobic rant towards the Pathan group in Afghanistan. He later known as for an entire financial boycott of the Muslim actors. He additionally blameed the actors for the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Rajput had additionally uploaded the video concentrating on actor Danish Khan on YouTube. His channel was crammed with such content material.
According to YouTube’s coverage, hate speech is just not allowed on the platform, and this contains evaluating folks with animals and selling violence and hatred towards protected teams. Suresh Rajput had violated YouTube guidelines on a number of counts.
“We take the security of our customers very significantly, and now we have strict insurance policies that prohibit hate and harassment on YouTube, together with content material selling violence or hatred towards people or teams. We apply these insurance policies constantly throughout all languages and areas whatever the uploader. Any flagged content material discovered to violate our insurance policies is faraway from YouTube instantly…We can verify that the channel “Hindu Sher boy” has been terminated for violation of our Hate Speech coverage,” responded YouTube in an e mail to Alt News.
On November 17, Rajput made a new channel underneath the identical title “Hindu Sher boy”.
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He runs one other YouTube channel known as “Hindu Parivar” which additionally overflows with hate-filled movies concentrating on the Muslim group. This channel has been in existence since August 2021 and wasn’t terminated by YouTube, nonetheless, sure restrictions have been utilized to the channel.
“We have utilized a strike towards the channel, eliminated one video for violation of our coverage on harassment and bullying from the channel and additional age-restricted two movies (link, link) for violence and graphic content material. In circumstances the place content material doesn’t violate our insurance policies however will not be acceptable for all audiences, we might place an age restriction on the video once we’re notified of the content material,” responded YouTube.
While Google-owned YouTube terminated one in all Rajput’s channels, Facebook failed to droop the a number of pages and accounts he makes use of to flow into hateful content material concentrating on Muslims. Facebook solely took down a number of of his movies and didn’t present an inexpensive rationalization to enable him to proceed on the platform.
The social media large has been making headlines the previous few weeks after the revelations made by the previous Facebook worker and whistleblower Frances Haugen. According to leaked paperwork obtained by the Associated Press, Facebook in India has not solely failed to verify hate speech however has additionally been selective in curbing the identical, particularly inflammatory posts concentrating on the minority Muslim group.
Internal employees memos that are a part of the disclosures made to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and offered to the US Congress in redacted kind by the authorized counsel of Haugen revealed that Facebook did not have “even basic key work detection arrange to catch” potential hate speech. Several purple flags regarding polarising content material and hate speech in India had been deemed “not an issue” by Facebook and its Artificial Intelligence (AI) instruments failed to detect vernacular languages. This is clear from Facebook’s biased remedy of Hindi content material.
YouTube, then again, has not been underneath the scanner as a lot as Facebook. Hate speech additionally thrives on the video streaming platform. YouTube sometimes has a three-strikes coverage earlier than taking down a channel and almost each video uploaded by Suresh Rajput violates its coverage. YouTube has claimed to have utilized one strike towards his new channel “Hindu Parivar”. Furthermore, Alt News has emailed YouTube in regards to the reappearance of “Hindu Sher boy” and this text shall be up to date in case YouTube takes down the brand new channel.
Myopic insurance policies and a lackadaisical strategy of tech giants to curb hate speech in India negatively have an effect on the nation’s minority Muslim inhabitants. Suresh Rajput occupies a outstanding house on Facebook and the corporate’s refusal to droop him is proof of its unwillingness to deal with the issue.