The officials of tech giant Google and social networking company Facebook have been summoned to appear before a Parliamentary standing committee on Tuesday, according to news agency ANI. The committee, led by Congressman Shashi Tharoor, will hear from businesses on how to protect citizens’ rights and how to prevent the exploitation of social media.
This comes ten days after Twitter personnel testified before the commission to examine India’s new IT legislation and how to prevent the platform from being abused. The debate concentrated on the content that users of the microblogging site uploaded and whether it adhered to the legislation of the state. Ayushi Kapoor, Twitter’s attorney, and Shagufta Kamran, Twitter’s public policy manager, informed the panel. The committee then informed the delegates that the law of the land is “supreme,” and they were asked to follow it. The meeting took place in the midst of a spat between Twitter and the Indian government over new IT regulations. The government has requested that the microblogging site follow the new laws, which it claims were established to protect residents. Ravi Shankar, a Union minister, has been involved in the feud.
When the government of India deprived Twitter of its intermediate status, it lost legal protection. This means that Twitter will no longer be regarded as a platform for anyone to post their tweets, but rather will be responsible for the material editorially. The removal of the blue tick (verification badge) from the accounts of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and numerous leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has sparked outrage on Twitter (RSS). In the instance of the Congress toolkit, it has also received notices from the Delhi Police.