Twitter CEO, top officials refuse to appear before Indian Parliamentary Panel

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New Delhi, Feb 9: Top Twitter officials, including its CEO have refused to appear before a Parliamentary Committee that had summoned them next week over the issue of safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media platforms citing “short notice” period.

Twitter has written a letter conveying their inability to appear before the committee because of the short notice. The Twitter officials have been asked to appear before the panel on February 11 for alleged bias against “nationalist” accounts, news agency IANS reported citing sources.

Twitter’s letter has not gone down well with the panel members in what is perceived as “lack of seriousness”.

The Parliamentary Committee, headed by BJP Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur, had issued a summons to Twitter via an official letter on February 1. It had said that the head of the organisation has to appear before the panel and may be accompanied by another representative.

The Parliamentary 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.

The committee which has 31 members, had also summoned representatives from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and sources said its meeting will go ahead as scheduled.

Twitter had said on Friday that it was proactively working with political parties to verify candidates, elected officials and relevant party officials whose accounts will be active in public conversation.


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