The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology is headed by senior Congress chief Shashi Tharoor.

Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan appeared earlier than the panel amid a political slugfest with each the BJP and Congress accusing one another of colluding with the social media large to affect opinion.

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  • Last Updated: September 2, 2020, 11:56 PM IST

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A Parliamentary panel trying into alleged misuse of social media platforms has determined to proceed its “discussion” with representatives of world large Facebook, after a gathering that lasted for nearly three and half hours on Wednesday, its chairman and Congress chief Shashi Tharoor stated. Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan appeared earlier than the panel amid a political slugfest with each BJP and Congress accusing one another of colluding with the social media large to affect opinion.

Besides Mohan, whose deposition lasted for greater than two hours, some authorities officers and some specialists additionally deposed earlier than the panel, sources stated. While particulars of Mohan’s deposition and different deliberations couldn’t be ascertained instantly, Tharoor tweeted after the assembly that the panel determined to resume the dialogue, together with with representatives of Facebook.






“In response to overwhelming media interest in the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that just adjourned, this is all I can say: We met for some three and a half hours and unanimously agreed to resume the discussion later, incl with reps of Facebook,” he tweeted. While the Congress MP from Kerala didn’t disclose any additional particulars, sources stated one suggestion was made to schedule the subsequent assembly for resuming the deposition of Facebook on September 10, however a consensus couldn’t be reached with some members objecting to it on the bottom that the committee is to be reconstituted.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Tharoor, had referred to as representatives of Facebook to hear their views “on the subject of safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space,” in accordance to agenda of the assembly. Tharoor’s earlier announcement that the panel would love to hear from Facebook a couple of report printed within the Wall Street Journal claiming that the social media platform ignored making use of its hate-speech guidelines to politicians of the BJP in India, had evoked a powerful response from BJP members of the panel.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had alleged that the Congress chief has been utilizing the panel’s platform to additional his and his get together’s political agenda and even demanded his elimination as chairman. A supply stated the leaders who had been earlier opposed to calling Facebook representatives earlier than the panel additionally actively participated within the discussions and requested a bunch of questions from representatives of the social media large.


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