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House panel again summons Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25; won't hear 'juniors'

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been given 15 days to appear before the panel.

  • Updated: February 12, 2019 9:09 AM IST

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) on Monday yet again summoned Twitter’s Global CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it on February 25 over allegations of the social media site discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.

The parliamentary panel headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur had summoned the Twitter CEO to appear before it on Monday, but the Twitter sent a team of its officials led by its India and South Asia Policy Director Mahima Kaul. The panel refused to hear the officials and they were kept waiting outside the meeting room.

“All the members took such disregard for the Committee by Twitter very seriously. What was the point in hearing those officials who have no authority?” an informed source told IANS. “We want to give them (Twitter) another chance. The CEO will be summoned to appear before the panel on February 25,” he said.

Economic Times quotes a cabinet member revealing that Twitter’s attitude in this issue and towards the panel was “disrespectful”. The report further quoted a member of the panel as saying, “The committee has insisted on meeting someone who can be held accountable for Twitter’s actions in India. The issue at hand is of pinning responsibility.”

The panel also discussed widening the scope of its enquiry and may also summon the top brass of other social media and messaging sites including Facebook, WhatsApp and others, sources said. The panel is mulling to hold a meeting on February 26 too in which it may call other social media players.

With inputs from Agencies.

  • Published Date: February 12, 2019 8:56 AM IST
  • Updated Date: February 12, 2019 9:09 AM IST