Twitter CEO Not to appear before Parliamentary panel on 25 Feb

New Delhi:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will not appear before the Parliamentary panel on Information Technology on 25 February. The Parliamentary panel had summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it. The committee had refused to meet the junior officials of the Twitter on 11 February.

Dorsey was called amidst growing concerns about safeguarding citizens’ data privacy and the possibility of social media platforms being used to interfere in the upcoming elections.

Without giving any reason for Dorsey’s unavailability, Twitter is now sending its Head of Public Policy Colin Crowell to meet Parliamentary Panel.

“We thank the Parliamentary Committee for its invitation to hear Twitter’s views on ‘Safeguarding citizen rights on social/online news media platforms’. These are issues for all Internet services globally,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

The government has warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means.

The government has been taking a strong view of misuse of social media platforms and is also proposing to amend IT rules to curb fake news and increase accountability of such apps.

Parliamentary Panel is yet to respond if it is ready to meet someone else instead of Dorsey.