Facebook, Twitter Executives Summoned By Panel Over Social Media Misuse

By SM .17 Jan, 2021




NEW DELHI: A parliamentary committee has summoned officials of Facebook and Twitter to discuss the issue of safeguarding citizens" rights and preventing misuse of social news media platforms. The meet will be held on Januray 21.

In October, officials of both social media platforms were called before a joint parliamentary committee regarding data protection and privacy issues.

The committee, which was looking into the Personal Data Protection Billfollowing concerns expressed by the Congress, had called all stakeholders to get an overview.

As per the notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, representatives of Facebook India have been asked to appear before the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi later today, while Twitter officials are required to appear before the panel on October 28.

Yesterday, the Centre warned Twitter about its location setting that showed Leh in China, saying any disrespect towards the country’s sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable.

Last month, in a strong letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had accused the social media platform of supporting people from a political predisposition that lost successive elections, and of “abusing” the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers.

Earlier, the parliamentary standing committee on Information and Technology chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had also summoned Facebook officials on the alleged misuse of its hate speech rules.