The micro-blogging site, Twitter, which has been receiving a lot of flak over its bias against accounts with a right-wing ideology has reportedly declined to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT that had summoned them over the issue of safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media platforms.
According to Financial Express, Twitter Chief Executive Officer and top officials have declined to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology headed by Anurag Thakur which had issued a summons to Twitter via an official letter on February 1st. 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.
Apparently, Twitter has now cited “short notice of the hearing” as the reason, despite being given 10 days to travel, the sources said. The letter sent to Twitter clearly stated that “it may be noted that the head of the organisation has to appear before the committee”. It further said, “he/she may be accompanied by another representative”.
Twitter has displayed its disdain to rule of law by sending a junior employee to represent them at the Indian Parliamentary IT Committee. Reportedly, the parliamentary panel has not taken down this incident well as the junior authorities representing the hearing have no decision-making authority.
The committee reportedly 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.”