15 Days Deadline For Top Twitter Executives To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel

15 Days Deadline For Top Twitter Executives To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel

15 Days Deadline For Top Twitter Executives To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel

New Delhi: The parliamentary panel on information technology have summoned the CEO of Twitter and other top officials to appear before it by February 15 over "safeguarding citizens' rights" on social media. BJP lawmaker Anurag Thakur who is the head of the panel, said that Twitter has been given a 15-day deadline.'

A resolution was passed by the 31-member parliamentary committee, that they will not meet any Twitter officials till the top executives of the global team deposed before them, news agency ANI reported, quoting sources.

Twitter India's representatives had reached the parliament annex to attend the panel's scheduled meeting today but they were not called in.

On February 1, the parliamentary panel,  in an official letter had summoned Twitter for a meeting on February 7, which was postponed to today, but Twitter officials declined, citing "short notice of the hearing."

A Twitter spokesperson had said in a statement today."Given the short notice of the hearing, we informed the committee that it would not be possible for senior officials from Twitter to travel from the United States to appear on Monday."

The Bhartiya Janata Party had warned Twitter of "repercussions" on Saturday, saying no agency has the right to disrespect institutions of the country.

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

(with inputs from agencies)