Thomas Friedman, renowned commentator and author, warns Russia may influence Lok Sabha election through Facebook 

Team Suno Neta Friday 22nd of February 2019 05:10 PM
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Thomas Friedman.

New Delhi: Pulitzer prize winner journalist, commentator and author Thomas Friedman, on Thursday, while accusing the Facebook of “fundamentally violating the trust” by getting Donald Trump elected as the president of the United States, in 2016, has warned that India should be wary of Russia in the upcoming general election. He said Russia may influence the outcome of the election through unregulated mediums, like Facebook.

While speaking during the Nasscom summit in Mumbai, Friedman said, “If you (Indians) think they (Russians) will not be playing in your election, you are not paying attention. Believe me, Putin will be voting in your election.”

Friedman said millions of Indians might be unable to understand the issues relating to privacy on social media and hence regulators in India need to draft policy considering the rural people.

While mocking the Facebook as unregulated medium, Friedman said that there is a strong need that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg should understand the US constitution, instead of learning how to code.

He has also criticized the American president, Donald Trump, for spreading venom and poison across the world through his policies such as building walls and declaring national emergency.




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