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Working 'hard' to expand team to fight misinformation: Twitter India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

With finding itself in the midst of a controversy for not sending its to appear before a parliamentary panel on Monday, the site has said that it is "working hard" to expand its team and resources to help tackle the spread of on its platform.

The response, which does not provide any clue about the team size it was expanding, comes in the backdrop of apprehensions that during the upcoming 2019 bad actors could use platforms to spread propaganda and to influence voters.

was earlier accused by the government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform.

The (IT) wants to question the over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the site is discriminating against "nationalist" posts on its platform.

With the Twitter not showing up for the meeting on Monday, the committee has again summoned Twitter's CEO to appear before it on February 25.

"Attempts to deliberately undermine the public conversation by spreading at scale, is something we care deeply about at Twitter," Twitter said in a post on Monday.

"And while we are working hard to expand our team and resources to help tackle this issue, it is important that everyone builds their capacity in order to protect and enhance the public conversation," it added.

Twitter said it entered into a partnership with the United Nations Educational, on to help its users spot false information, and also reached out to 100,000 youth across the region to engage them in a series of digital citizenship workshops, safety roundtables and panel discussions.

"In India, we launched the #EduTweet initiative in partnership with the where we engaged 865 school leaders, educators and influencers from 2,700 schools across on issues such as and the digital classroom," Twitter said.

"We also partnered with (a non-profit start up) on their Cyber Psychology Conference which engaged schools across on for children," it added.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 14:42 IST