Twit­ter brass snub Parl IT panel

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­[email protected]­

New Delhi: Twit­ter CEO Jack Dorsey and other top of­fi­cials sum­moned be­fore a Par­lia­men­tary panel over the is­sue of safe­guard­ing cit­i­zens’ rights on so­cial me­dia plat­forms have re­fused to turn up for the meet­ing.

On Fe­bru­ary 1, the site’s of­fi­cials were sent a let­ter ask­ing them to be present be­fore the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy at 3 pm on Fe­bru­ary 11.

The com­mit­tee’s chair­man, BJP MP Anurag Thakur, had tweeted the sum­mon on Fe­bru­ary 5. The panel meet, at first sched­uled to be held on Fe­bru­ary 7, was later post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 11 to give Twit­ter of­fi­cials more time to make them­selves avail­able.

But Twit­ter cited “short no­tice of hear­ing” as an ex­cuse.

The panel got 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.”

BJP has warned Twit­ter of reper­cus­sions. “If Twit­ter is dis­re­spect­ing the estab­lished in­sti­tu­tion of Par­lia­ment, there will be reper­cus­sions,” said BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.

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