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Shashi Tharoor-Led Parliamentary Panel Summons Google, Facebook Over Misuse Of Platforms

The Parliamentary panel, led by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, has summoned Google and Facebook over misuse of platforms. The companies have been asked to face the Standing Committee on Information Technology on Tuesday.

File photo of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned representatives of Facebook on November 29 and will hear the views of representatives of Facebook India on the subject, with special emphasis on protecting citizens’ rights and women’s safety in digital social/online news media platforms. “To hear the views of representatives Of Facebook India on the subject safeguarding citizens rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space,” the committee agenda read.

The committee will also hear from officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology regarding the protection of the rights of citizens and prevent misuse of social/online news media platforms with special emphasis on women’s safety in the digital space.

The committee will also be discussing submissions made by Facebook whistleblower Sophie who submitted several allegations against social media giant Facebook and its political sophisticated attempt to influence Delhi 2020 assembly elections. Congress senior leader Shashi Tharoor is the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee for Information and technology.

Last week, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour. Congress’s Shashi Tharoor said he too faced the same problem over a copyright issue.

Tharoor also said that he would be seeking an explanation from Twitter India over the brief locking of his and Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account.

“As Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I can state that we will be seeking an explanation from Twitter India for the locking of RS Prasad’s and my accounts and the rules and procedures they follow while operating in India,” Tharoor said in the tweet.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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