Twitter officials decline to appear before parliamentary panel: Sources

BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who heads the Parliamentary Committee, had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on February 1.

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In an embarrassment to the NDA government, the Twitter CEO and its top officials have declined to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT, sources in the panel said on Saturday.

The Committee on IT, a week ago, had summoned the Twitter CEO and its officials over the issue of safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media platforms.

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BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who heads the Parliamentary Committee, had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on February 1. First scheduled for February 7, the Parliamentary Committee meeting was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter CEO and senior officials more time to be available.

But the Parliamentary IT Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, stating, “No one who engages publicly for Twitter India makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India.”

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Vijaya Gadde is Twitter’s global lead for legal, policy, trust and safety.

Twitter’s conduct is being watched globally as there are growing concerns about safeguarding citizens’ data privacy and election interference through social media platforms.

Twitter’s 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.

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Twitter officials decline to appear before parliamentary panel: Sources
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BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who heads the Parliamentary Committee, had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on February 1.
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