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Parliamentary Committee refuses to meet juniors, calls Twitter CEO, senior officials

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The on Information on Monday passed a resolution unanimously stating that they would not meet any junior officials and asked senior members or to appear before it, sources said.

team including representatives on Monday arrived at Parliament to appear before the Committee, which had called Twitter team through an official letter on February 1 to discuss issues concerning the use of platform.

Earlier, the Twitter and senior officials had refused to appear before the Committee citing "short notice" period.

The letter sent to Twitter by the stated: "It may be noted that the of the organisation has to appear before the Committee." "He/she may be accompanied by another representative," the letter further said, as per the sources.

The Committee has also called officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information (MEITY) for the meeting.

The Committee meeting was scheduled to be held on February 7 and was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter and senior officials more time to make themselves available, sources said.

Twitter cited the "short notice" period for the meeting as their reason despite being given 10 days to travel, they added.

The Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for Legal, Policy, and Safety, which stated that "No one who engages publicly for Twitter makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in "

Deputing a junior employee to represent Twitter at the has not gone down well with Indian lawmakers, especially since they have no decision making authority as stated in the Twitter letter by Gadde.

Meanwhile, the of the panel has not ruled out the possibility of initiating action against Twitter if their act amounts to breach of privilege.

"It can, of course, be an issue of breach of parliamentary privilege. They are taking advantage of the world's biggest market and are unwilling to answer," Thakur told here.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:19 IST