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The CEO of Twitter and top officials have declined to appear in front of the Parliamentary Committee on IT which summoned them due to an issue regarding “safeguarding citizens’ rights” on social media platforms.

The Parliamentary Committee, which is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, issued a summon to Twitter through an official letter on February 1st.

The Parliamentary Committee meeting had been scheduled on February 7, but it was postponed to February 11 so that the Twitter CEO and senior officials could get more time to make themselves available.

The letter was sent to Twitter by the Parliamentary IT Committee on February 1 which clearly stated that “it may be noted that the Head of the Organisation has to appear before the Committee”. It further said that “He/She may be accompanied by another representative.”

The Parliamentary IT Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, who is Twitter’s global lead for legal, policy, trust and safety, which said, “No one who engages publicly for Twitter India can make enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India.

A junior employee was given the responsibility of representing Twitter at the Indian Parliamentary IT Committee which hasn’t gone down well with Indian lawmakers.

This issue has popped up at a time when there have been growing concerns regarding safeguarding citizens’ data privacy and election interference via social media platforms.

Twitter’s conduct is being watched all over the world and their response was seen with regards to India’s Parliamentary hearing that is fourth in the world amongst the US Congress, Singapore, and EU hearing.

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