Facebook Officials Depose Before House Panel On Citizens’ Rights: Sources


Facebook Officials Depose Before House Panel On Citizens' Rights: Sources

Besides Facebook, the House Panel can also be set to summon Google and YouTube officers.

New Delhi:

Executives of social networking web site Facebook India have begun deposing earlier than the Parliamentary Committee on IT over points like safeguarding residents’ rights and prevention of social or on-line information media platforms’ misuse, based on sources. The panel, led by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, will summon representatives of YouTube and different social media intermediaries, too, in coming weeks.

Facebook India was represented on the deposition by Shivnath Thukral, its Director of Public Policy, and Namrata Singh, its Associate General Counsel.

Facebook’s officers had earlier knowledgeable the Committee that the corporate’s COVID-19 protocol disallows them from showing in individual. Mr Tharoor, nonetheless, insisted saying the Parliament Secretariat doesn’t permit any digital conferences.

The official agenda circulated amongst members of the panel for the deposition stated, “To hear the views of representatives of Facebook India and Google India on the subject ‘Safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.”

On June 18, representatives from microblogging web site Twitter appeared earlier than the identical panel. The assembly happened towards the backdrop of the US-based social media big’s latest run-ins with the federal government on a collection of points.

They confronted robust questions and had been advised bluntly that “Indian laws are supreme and the company has to abide by the laws of India in India,” based on sources.

A Twitter spokesperson later stated that the corporate was ready to work with the committee on “safeguarding citizens’ rights online in line with our principles of transparency, freedom of expression, and privacy”.


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