Twit­ter hon­chos will not ap­pear be­fore MPs panel

■ BJP warns so­cial me­dia net­work­ing site of reper­cus­sions

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page -

New Delhi, Feb. 9: Twit­ter CEO and top of­fi­cials have de­clined to ap­pear be­fore the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy that had sum­moned them over the is­sue of safe­guard­ing cit­i­zens’ rights on so­cial me­dia plat­forms, sources in the panel said on Satur­day.

The BJP later warned Twit­ter of “reper­cus­sions” say­ing no agency has the right to dis­re­spect in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try.

The com­mit­tee, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, had is­sued a sum­mon to Twit­ter via an

■ TWIT­TER’S con­duct is be­ing watched glob­ally and their re­sponse is be­ing seen with con­cern as In­dia’s par­lia­men­tary hear­ing is amongst the fourth in the world after the US Con­gress, Sin­ga­pore and EU hear­ing.

of­fi­cial let­ter on Fe­bru­ary 1.

The com­mit­tee meet­ing was sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 7, but was later post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 11 to al­low the Twit­ter CEO and se­nior of­fi­cials more time to make them­selves avail­able. Twit­ter cited “short no­tice of the hear­ing” as the rea­son, de­spite be­ing given 10 days to travel, the sources said.

The let­ter sent to Twit­ter by the com­mit­tee on Fe­bru­ary 1 clearly stated that “it may be noted that the Head of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion has to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee”.

It fur­ther stated that “He/She may be ac­com­pa­nied by an­other rep­re­sen­ta­tive.”

The com­mit­tee re­ceived a let­ter on Fe­bru­ary 7 from Vi­jaya Gadde, Twit­ter’s global lead for le­gal, pol­icy, trust and safety, stat­ing, “No one who en­gages pub­licly for Twit­ter In­dia makes en­force­ment de­ci­sions with re­spect to our rules for con­tent or ac­counts in In­dia.”

Deput­ing a ju­nior em­ployee to rep­re­sent Twit­ter at the Com­mit­tee has not gone down well with In­dian law­mak­ers es­pe­cially since they have no de­ci­sion mak­ing au­thor­ity, the let­ter from Ms Gadde said. ■ Page 7: Grow­ing con­cern over cit­i­zens’ data

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