Twitter CEO and other high-ranking officials from the microblogging site have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel, led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. This has come as a considerable snub to the BJP MP, who had taken to Twitter last week to flaunt his action.
In his tweet Thakur had said, “The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology will examine the issue: SAFEGUARDING CITIZENS RIGHTS ON SOCIAL/ONLINE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS MEITY & TWITTER will present their views. You can tweet/email your views: email@example.com,”
The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology will examine the issue:
SAFEGUARDING CITIZENS RIGHTS ON SOCIAL/ONLINE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS
MEITY & TWITTER will present their views.
You can tweet/email your views:
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 5, 2019
His supporters too had taken to Twitter to claim that the Twitter management was finally feeling the heat under the BJP government.
According to earlier letter, members of Twitter management including the CEO were expected to appear before the panel on 7 February. However, it was postponed to 11 February to allow the Twitter CEO and other senior officials more time to make their travel arrangements.
A report by news agency PTI said that Twitter cited ‘short notice of the hearing’ as the reason for declining the parliamentary panel’s request.
Helpless BJP supporters took to Twitter to post their frustrations on the snub by Twitter CEO to the parliamentary panel.
The development assumes significance in light of right-wing brigade in India, mostly supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding protests against Twitter for its alleged biases against them. A group of BJP supporters had staged a protest march earlier this month to make their displeasure known on the topic. However, they faced social media ridicule for using Twitter to vent their frustration against the social media platform.
On Friday, Twitter released a detailed note stating that it had no biases against any political parties. It had said, “Whether it’s trends, the content that appears in your timeline, or how we enforce our policies, we believe in impartiality and do not make decisions on the basis of political views or beliefs.
“India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of our largest and fastest-growing audience markets globally. We have never been more passionate about our mission to serve our Indian customers, and to protect and enhance the national conversation during this election season.”