New Delhi: Amid a tussle between the Union government and Twitter over the new IT rules, officials of the microblogging site Friday deposed before a Parliamentary Panel chaired by Congress’ Shashi Tharoor over preventing misuse of social media. Earlier this month, the Centre issued a notice to Twitter giving it one last chance to ‘immediately’ comply with the new IT rules. The government warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, chaired by Tharoor, had last week summoned Twitter over issues related to misuse of the platform and protection of citizens’ rights. Twitter India’s public policy manager Shagufta Kamran and legal counsel Ayushi Kapoor deposed before the panel Friday.
Twitter and the Centre have been at loggerheads over several issues for the last few months.
The microblogging site had faced backlash when it briefly removed the ‘blue tick’ verification badge from the personal account of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and of several senior RSS functionaries, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Earlier, Delhi Police had sent a notice to Twitter, seeking an explanation of how it described an alleged ‘Congress toolkit’ against the Central government as manipulated media.
The police reportedly had also questioned Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari May 31 and visited the Twitter India offices in Delhi and Gurgaon May 24 over the toolkit issue.