Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey must appear before us within 15 days: Parliament panel issues warning
The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology on Monday issued a warning to Twitter, asking CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it within the next 15 days. The Parliamentary panel's order comes a day after Twitter officials cited short notice as the reason behind their inability to appear before the panel.
The Parliamentary committee also passed a unanimous resolution that they will not meet any Twitter officials from India until senior members of the global Twitter team or CEO Jack Dorsey deposes before it. The Parliamentary committee has set a 15 days deadline to Twitter to appear before it.
Sources within the Parliamentary committee have told India Today TV that other social media platforms will also be summoned by the committee on a later date.
Twitter team including Twitter India representatives arrive at Parliament to appear before Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology today. Earlier Twitter had refused to appear citing 'short notice' of the hearing. The Committee had called Twitter via a letter on Feb 1. pic.twitter.com/UZkLoEIyu3ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2019
Earlier, Twitter had refused to appear before the Parliamentary Committee citing "short notice". The committee had summoned Twitter officials via a letter on February 1.
With 2019 Lok Sabha polls round the corner, concerns have been raised by various sectors about citizens' data privacy and the role of social media in the elections. The committee had raised the said issues in the letter to Twitter.
The letter read: "It may be noted that the Head of the Organisation has to appear before the Committee. He/she may be accompanied by another representative." Twitter's response was sent by Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for legal, policy, trust & safety.
Twitter's response stated: "No one who engages publicly for Twitter India makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India."
After Twitter refused to appear before the Parliamentary panel on a short notice, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) warned it of "repercussions", saying no agency has the right to disrespect institutions of the country.
BJP MP Anurag Thakur wrote on Twitter: "The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology takes very serious note of this. We will take appropriate action on 11th February. Citizens are welcome to send their concerns/issues via email to the Parliamentary Commitee. firstname.lastname@example.org."