Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey summoned to appear before parliamentary panel on Feb 25 over anti-right wing bias row: The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology on Monday summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it on February 25 for being anti-right wing, therefore, anti-BJP/RSS. The committee reportedly passed a resolution unanimously that they will not meet any Twitter officials until senior members or CEO of the Twitter Global team depose before it. A 15-day deadline has been given to Twitter.
Twitter team including Twitter India representatives arrived at Parliament to appear before Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology on Monday, reports said. The committee had called Twitter via a letter on February 1, 2019. Earlier, Twitter had refused to appear before the panel citing ‘short notice’ of the hearing.
On Saturday, the micro-blogging platform had declined the committee’s call to send its top officials to be present at the hearing scheduled at 3 pm on February 11. Twitter said its CEO could not be present to hear the views of the representatives of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) on the subject ‘safeguarding citizens’ rights on social/online news media platforms due to the short notice.
Twitter officials were summoned after a right-wing group Youth for Social Media Democracy staged a protest outside Twitter India’s office in Delhi last week over alleged biases against their Twitter handles. They said Twitter blocked their accounts and impressions of the tweets. However, Twitter clarified that it has no bias against right-wing groups.
The committee, which is led by BJP leader and party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Anurag Thakur, had sought Dorsey’s opinion on the matter.