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Twitter CEO to skip Monday's House panel meet

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Citing "short notice" period, top officials, including its Jack Dorsey, have declined to appear before a parliamentary committee on Monday. The panel is deliberating the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on platforms.

"Given the short notice of the hearing, we informed the committee that it would not be possible for senior officials from to travel from the to appear on Monday," a said in a statement on Saturday.

The Twitter officials were earlier asked to appear before the panel on February 11 for alleged bias against "nationalist" accounts.

However, Twitter's letter has not gone down well with the panel members and is perceived as "lack of seriousness".

"We have suggested that we work with the to find mutually agreeable dates for this meeting so that a senior Twitter can attend," the Twitter said.

"We have also offered representatives from Twitter to come and answer questions on Monday. We await feedback from the government on both of these matters," said the statement.

The parliamentary committee on information technology, headed by Anurag Thakur (BJP), had issued summons to Twitter through a letter on February 1. It had said the of the organisation has to appear before the panel and may be accompanied by another

The 31-member parliamentary panel had also summoned representatives from the Ministry of Electronics and The meeting will go ahead as scheduled, sources said.

"We want to reiterate that we not only have deep respect for India's parliamentary process and we are also committed to serving the people who use Twitter in the Indian market," the statement by the site added.

Twitter had said on Friday it was proactively working with political parties to verify candidates, elected officials and relevant party officials whose accounts will be active in public conversation.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:30 IST