New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology has directed Facebook and Google to comply with the new IT rules and follow law of the country, reports news agency ANI. The panel has also sought a written reply from Twitter within two days on locking of accounts of IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and MP Shashi Tharoor, sources said. A letter to Twitter in this regard is likely to be sent later today.Also Read - BTS Dominates Twitter, Becomes Most Mentioned K-pop Artists in the World | Full List Here
The development comes as Facebook and Google officials on Tuesday deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on the issue of misuse of social media platforms. The panel chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had asked the officials of the social media sites to appear in-person on the issue. Also Read - "Where Are You Shehnaaz Gill": Shehnaaz Gill's Fans Are Missing Her on Twitter| Watch Video to Know Where She Is
While from Facebook, its country public policy director Shivnath Thukral and general counsel Namrata Singh deposed before the panel, Google was represented by its country head (government affairs and public policy) Aman Jain and director (legal) Gitanjali Duggal. The agenda of the parliamentary panel meeting is to safeguard citizens’ rights and prevent the misuse of social/online news media platforms. Also Read - Good for Weekend Consumption! Shashi Tharoor's Exotic Description of Bhelpuri Goes Viral, Tweeple Calls it 'Foodosaurus'
Earlier, Facebook representatives had informed the parliamentary panel that their company policy does not allow their officials to attend in-person meetings because of their Covid-related protocol. But Chairman Shashi Tharoor conveyed to Facebook that its officials will have to appear in-person since the parliament secretariat does not allow any virtual meetings.
The Parliamentary Committee on IT will also summon representatives of YouTube and other Social Media Intermediaries in the coming weeks over the issue. Facebook and Google representatives were called days after Twitter officials deposed before the panel. In the last meeting, several members of the panel had categorically told Twitter that the rule of land is supreme not the social media platform’s policies.
(With inputs from agencies)