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Lessons for India as Twitter refuses to attend House panel hearing (IANS Special)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

When refused to attend a US Senate hearing on September 5 last year and instead let an and a nameplate represent him, the gesture left many lawmakers fuming.

instead sent a letter to the on why the company was not to appear for a hearing on issues like foreign interference during elections on its platform.

Pichai, however, did appear before a House in December and addressed several issues, including that the search giant's algorithms are biased against conservative content.

When on Saturday declined to appear before an Indian parliamentary panel on Feb 11 to address similar allegations about the presence of political bias on its platform, one thing was clear: has to do more like the US to wield the big stick and get take the country seriously when it comes to foreign interference or spread of fake news on their platforms.

cited "short notice" for the unaviliabilty of its top officials, including its who visited last year, to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on headed by

According to sources, Twitter's letter has not gone down well with the panel members in what is perceived as "lack of seriousness".

A day before, issued a statement, saying it is fighting political bias in and the very next day, refused to appear before the House panel.

The hearing was to be in line with what we have seen with Dorsey, and testifying and being grilled by lawmakers in the US and in the (EU) over data privacy, political interference and fake news.

Refusing to participate in a constructive dialogue with the has actually made the road ahead difficult for Twitter.

All eyes are now on the panel members how they react and summon Twitter again, this time with some serious repercussions.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 19:06 IST