Now, #Twitter faces Privilege Notice from India’s Parliament after CEO @Jack declined to appear before parliamentary committee.
Twitter CEO and senior officials of the company have refused to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology on February 11, citing “short notice” of the hearing. The meeting was initially scheduled on February 7th but was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter CEO and senior officials more time to make themselves available
The letter sent to Twitter by the Parliamentary IT Committee on February 1 clearly stated that "it may be noted that the Head of the Organisation has to appear before the Committee". It further stated that "He/She may be accompanied by another representative." The Parliamentary IT Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for legal, policy, trust and safety, stating, "No one who engages publicly for Twitter India makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India." Deputing a junior employee to represent Twitter at the Indian Parliamentary IT Committee has not gone down well with Indian lawmakers especially since they have no decision making authority, the letter from Gadde said.
This comes at a time when there are growing concerns about safeguarding citizens' data privacy and election interference through social media platforms.
Twitter's conduct is being watched globally and their response is being seen with concern as India's Parliamentary hearing is amongst the fourth in the world after the US Congress, Singapore and EU hearing.
BJP Leader Anurag Thakur posted on twitter saying that The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology takes very serious note of this. We will take appropriate action on 11th February. Citizens are welcome to send their concerns/issues via email to the Parliamentary Commitee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Twitter has to be amongst the most hate-filled and abusive in the world. So what does Govt. of India do? Summons the head of Twitter - not to fix the abuse, but to address Twitter's supposed 'bias' against ruling party ? Does the law of the land apply on Twitter ?