Joint committee of Parliament summons social media giants Facebook, Twitter: sources

    New Delhi (ILNS): A joint committee of Parliament on the issue of protection of records and its privacy has issued summons to social media giants like Facebook and Twitter.

    As per the notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, representatives of Facebook India have been asked to appear before the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi later today, while Twitter officers are required to appear earlier than the panel on October 28.

    The joint committee led by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi has 20 individuals from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.

    The agenda of Friday’s meeting read: “Oral evidence by the representatives of Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.”

    However, the summon to Facebook and Twitter is strictly pertaining to the problem of citizen’s personal information protection.

    The summons to Twitter assumes importance as these come close on the Centre’s letter to the microblogging site’s chief Jack Dorsey.

    Taking strong exception to the “misrepresentation” of India’s map, the government wrote a stern letter to the Twitter CEO, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, was completely unacceptable.

    Last month, amid extreme criticism of Facebook and Union authorities over the alleged collusion of Facebook India executive Ankhi Das and the BJP, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote a hard hitting letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, blaming the Facebook India Management of alleged bias against people supporting the right-of-Centre ideology.