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Good decision, nothing unusual in summoning Twitter: Ex IT Sec

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Former R Tuesday defended the move of the Parliamentary panel on to summon the of Twitter, saying the meeting would help the committee understand the issues and the site to explain their position.

The former of told PTI was a good decision because the committee needed to first understand the "issues and problem" before deciding.

"I would personally view as a positive thing that they are trying to understand from these guys (Twitter) directly what exactly the issue is and what their challenges are etc.

What conclusion they (the panel) come to is a different matter but at least to my mind it's the right step and for also it's a good thing if they can explain to them what the issues and challenges are and what they can and can't do and then can come to their own conclusion", he said.

The panel had on Monday summoned the the of to appear before it on February 25.

Committee members took a serious note about the Jack not appearing before the panel.

On Saturday, Twitter in a statement had cited "short notice of the hearing" for its not being able to attend the Monday meeting.

The committee was scheduled to hear the views of the representatives of and IT and Twitter on 'Safeguarding citizens rights on social/online media platforms'.

While representatives from Twitter's office reached the meeting venue, they were not called in for deliberations by the panel, according to sources.

The panel decided to call Twitter officials against the backdrop of growing concerns about safeguarding citizens' data privacy and possibility that could be used to interfere in elections.

Chandrashekhar, also former Chairman, said those broad concerns had been there for some time.

Summoning Twitter officials was "not very unusual", he said, noting that representatives of Indian IT industry, startups and multinational companies had also earlier given their views on the subject in a similar exercise.

On the possibility that could "unfairly" influence the country's election process, he said that's something people should be concerned about in a democracy.

"There are many, many methods and techniques (by social media to influence polls through undesiable means) involved but that's a separate issue; it's a global phenomena, that's not something peculiar to Obviously the scale is much larger in but the problem is the same", he said.

"And just in normal course also, no body can prevent two people from talking. Beyond a point, you can't put a complete curb or a ban on Some dialogue will go on. What's allowable and not allowable is a matter which needs a careful thought," added.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 16:40 IST