Parliamentary panel summons Twitter head on Feb 25


The Parliamentary panel on Information Technology has summoned the head of microblogging site Twitter to appear before it on February 25, the committee's chairman Anurag Thakur said on Monday.

Committee members took a serious note about the Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey not appearing before it on Monday.

While representatives from Twitter's India office reached the meeting venue in New Delhi, they were not called in for deliberations by the panel, according to sources.

The panel decided to call Twitter officials against the backdrop of growing concerns about safeguarding citizens' data privacy and possibility that social media could be used to interfere in elections.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the government has been warning social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country's electoral process through undesirable means.

On Saturday, Twitter in a statement had cited 'short notice of the hearing' for its CEO Dorsey not being able to attend the Monday meeting.

The committee's chairman and BJP MP Thakur said Twitter head and other representatives have been 'summoned' to appear before the panel on February 25.

(with news agency inputs)