Facebook Vice-President Joel Kaplan will appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT), here on March 6, to elucidate what it and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram are doing to safeguard the citizen rights across platforms.
"Senior Facebook officials will appear on March 6 before a parliamentary panel to outline the specific measures taken to ensure safety of users on its platform," told IANS on Sunday.
Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director, India, and Ankhi Das, Director (Public, Policy and Programmes) will accompany Kaplan, sources said.
The Facebook officials' presentation will follow appearance of Colin Crowell, Global Vice-President (Public Policy) of Twitter, before the Anurag Thakur-led panel on February 25. Crowell had spoken about how the microblogging site would help address issues like political bias and manipulation on its platform.
Twitter was also asked to reply to some of the unanswered queries within 10 days.
In his tweeet last month, Thakur said: "The Parliamentary Committee will now examine the issue of 'safeguarding citizen rights on social/online news media platforms'. The following will present their positions: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram."
As India gears up for general elections, global social media platforms are discussing how to curb misinformation and fake news in a country where mobile penetration has helped Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram reach millions of users.
In the runup to the Lok Sabha polls, Facebook has introduced a new tool to bring transparency to ads related to politics.
Anyone who runs ads related to politics will have to reveal their identity and location to pass the authorisation process and have a "Published by" or "Paid for by" label.
"The tool comes with some India-specific features," Shivnath Thukral, Facebook's Public Policy Director for India and South Asia, told IANS recently.
"The law of the land does not require us to make the 'Paid for by' label mandatory in India," Thukral said.
Another India-first feature that Facebook has introduced is that advertisers can begin the authorisations on their mobile phones itself instead of logging in to a desktop.
"In our conversation with Election Commission, we learnt it is essential to give political parties the option to upload the certificate," Thukral said.
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