Parliamentary Panel Summons Twitter on June 18

Amid the ongoing tussle between Centre and Twitter over the new IT rules, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has summoned representatives of the popular micro-blogging platform on June 18 to explain the reason behind the ongoing controversy. The House panel has also asked officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to be present to narrate their stand on the issue.

“This will be a continuation of discussions with the social media groups. The panel will discuss the IT regulation rules and some of the recent developments, including the manipulated media controversy, the Twitter’s India officials being questioned by Delhi Police and the intermediary guidelines and their compliance,” a Parliament source said, quoted by The Indian Express.

The panel, chaired by Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, will hear the explanation by Twitter followed by evidence from representatives of the IT Ministry “on the subject safeguarding citizens rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women security in digital space”.

Last week, Twitter said that it was making every effort to comply with the new guidelines under IT Rules 2021.