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Twitter CEO and senior officials refuse to appear before Parliamentary Committee

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The Committee had called via an official letter on February 1 to discuss issues concerning the use of

The letter sent to by the stated: "It may be noted that the of the Organisation has to appear before the Committee", sources said.

It further stated that "He/She may be accompanied by another representative," the sources added.

The Committee has also called officials of the (MEITY) for the meeting.

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

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

The Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, Twitters global lead for Legal, Policy, and stating 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.

"The lack of seriousness and disregard shown by Twitter to is not new. Tech CEO's have evaded answers and tried to avoid Parliamentary hearings in and the US Congress previously," a source noted.

This comes at a time when there are growing concerns about safeguarding citizens data privacy and election interference through platforms.

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

First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 21:22 IST