The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology issued a summon to officials of Facebook and Twitter for 21st January to question them over misuse of the social media/online news platforms.
As per the schedule of meeting on the Lok Sabha website, it informs- “Evidence of representatives of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.”
As per the information, Former union minister and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is the chairperson of the panel and was constituted in the month of September.
Even earlier the committee summoned Ajit Mohan, Facebook India head due to the political bias issues on the social media platform. Even the Wall Street Journal reported regarding Facebook showing political bias which was published in August last year.
In that report it claimed that Ankhi Das, the platform’s then India Policy Head had opposed the idea of removing hate posts by BJP leaders, warning that this could hamper their commercial interests.
The constitution of the new standing committee was aimed at increasing answerability amid growing social media platforms.
News Source- IANS
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