Parliamentary panel to debate Facebook difficulty on Wednesday


New Delhi, September 1

Amid a political slugfest over the Facebook difficulty, a parliamentary panel will meet on Wednesday to debate alleged misuse of the social media platform.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, has summoned representatives of Facebook and can hear their views “on the subject of safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women security in the digital space,” in line with the agenda of the assembly.

It has additionally known as representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on the identical difficulty.

The assembly of the panel was adjourned on Tuesday in view of the nationwide mourning as a result of demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee. Its agenda for the day was suspension of web providers in a number of components of the nation.

However, panel members had been meant to debate the suspension of web providers in Jammu and Kashmir, a supply mentioned.

Tharoor’s announcement that the panel want to hear from Facebook in regards to the report printed within the Wall Street Journal claiming that the social media platform ignored making use of its hate-speech guidelines to politicians of the BJP in India, evoked sturdy response from BJP members of the panel.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey alleged that the Congress chief has been utilizing the platform to additional his and his occasion’s political agenda and even demanded his elimination as chairman of the panel.

A contemporary political slugfest has began on the matter with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claiming that worldwide media has “exposed” Facebook and WhatsApp’s “brazen assault” on India’s democracy and social concord.

“No one, let alone a foreign company, can be allowed to interfere in our nation’s affairs. They must be investigated immediately and when found guilty, punished,” Gandhi tweeted.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday wrote to Mark Zuckerberg accusing the social media platform’s workers of supporting individuals from a political predisposition that misplaced successive elections, and “abusing” Prime Minister and senior cupboard ministers.

In a three-page letter to Facebook Chief Executive Zuckerberg, Prasad alleged “bias and inaction” by people in Facebook India workforce on complaints by individuals supportive of right-of-centre ideology. — PTI



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