During the ongoing tension between the central government and the microblogging site Twitter, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has sent summons to the officials of Twitter. Twitter officials have been summoned and directed to appear before the committee on June 18. Twitter has been summoned on the issue of protecting the rights of citizens, preventing misuse of social media/online news media platforms and safety of women on online platforms.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information & Technology asks Twitter to appear before them in Parliament Complex on June 18 on safeguarding citizens’ rights & prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms incl special emphasis on women security in digital space’
– ANI (@ANI) June 15, 2021
IT ministry officials also called
According to the news of the Indian Express, the committee has also called officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to know their side on the ongoing disputes. A source in Parliament told The Indian Express that the committee will discuss a range of issues, including IT regulation rules and the recent manipulated media controversy. The IT panel is headed by Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor.
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Tension between the Center and Twitter continues since February
Tension has been brewing between the central government and Twitter since February 2021 this year, when the Center had asked to block some content related to the farmers’ movement. After this, the government brought new laws, which increased the responsibility of the social media company to remove such content on legal requests. Apart from this, a provision was made for the appointment of Indian Grievance Officer for the settlement of complaints under the new rules. After this, the dispute between the Center and the government deepened in another matter when Twitter tagged a tweet of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as ‘manipulated media’ in which he accused the Congress of using the COVID toolkit to defame the government. After this, the Delhi Police had sent a notice to Twitter and sought an answer on this.