New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has summoned executives of social media giants Facebook and Twitter on January 21. Also Read - Can't Read or Listen to Your Private Conversations: WhatsApp Sets Status to Spell out Privacy Policy Updates

The summons was sent by Standing Committee on Information Technology on Sunday amid the data privacy row. Also Read - Traders Body CAIT Moves Supreme Court Against WhatsApp, Facebook Over Privacy Policy

The issues of safeguarding citizens’ rights, preventing misuse of social media platforms and women security in the digital space will be discussed in the meeting. Also Read - WhatsApp Postpones Privacy Update Plan After Backlash, Says No Account Will be Deleted on Feb 8

The official agenda of the meeting circulated to the member MPs stated: “Evidence of representatives of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject ‘Safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.”

WhatsApp has decided to delay the rollout of its new policy update to May 15 after massive criticism from users globally, including India, over concerns that data was being shared with its parent company Facebook.

A raging debate ensued after WhatsApp said it will update its terms of service and privacy policy around how it processes user data and partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the social media giant’s products.

Concerned about the privacy of their data, many users have thronged to rival messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram that have seen millions of downloads in the past few days.