Twitter CEO refuses to appear before Parl panel, heres latest

Despite having been summoned by the Indian Parliamentary panel, the Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has now clarified that he will not appear before the parliamentary panel on Information Technology or IT on February 25.

The microblogging site has instead nominated company’s Head of Public Policy Colin Crowell.

The Parliamentary panel on Information Technology had summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it on February 25, and had refused to meet “junior officials” of the micro-blogging site during its meeting on February 11.

The meeting had been called against the backdrop of growing concerns about safeguarding citizens’ data privacy and the possibility of social media platforms being used to interfere in the upcoming elections.

“We thank the Parliamentary Committee for its invitation to hear Twitter’s views on ‘Safeguarding citizen rights on social/online news media platforms’. These are issues for all Internet services globally.

“Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy for Twitter, will meet with the Committee on Monday,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement on Friday.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the government has been warning social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means.

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