Parliamentary Standing Committee summons Twitter on June 18

Twitter has been summoned by the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information and Technology after a recent clash with the Centre over the new Information Technology (IT) rules.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee led by MP Shashi Tharoor has asked the microblogging service company to appear before the panel in Parliament Complex on 18th June at 4 pm and provide representation on the prevention of misuse of social media as well as online news.

According to Parliamentary Panel Agenda, “To hear the views of representatives of Twitter followed by evidence of representatives Electronics Technology ‘safeguarding citizens’ right and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.” Not long ago, the Centre had issued ‘one last notice’ to Twitter over compliance of new rules.

Rakesh Maheshwari, a group coordinator for cyberlaw at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said in a letter to the social media giant that despite repeated letters from the Ministry, Twitter had failed to provide adequate clarifications.” However, ultimately, Twitter has assured to comply with the new IT rules.

“Twitter has been and remains deeply committed to India, and serving the vital public conversation taking place on the service. We have assured the Government of India that Twitter is making every effort to comply with the new guidelines, and an overview on our progress has been duly shared. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government.”

A panel member told ANI that they will try finding out the reasons preventing Twitter from complying with the country’s new social media rules.

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