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Joint Parliament committee summons Facebook, Twitter on data protection and privacy issues

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New Delhi (ILNS): A joint committee of Parliament on the issue of protection of data and its privacy has issued summons to social media giants like Facebook and Twitter.

As per the notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, representatives of Facebook India have been asked to appear before the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi later today, while Twitter officials are required to appear before the panel on October 28.

Yesterday, the Centre warned Twitter about its location setting that showed Leh in China, saying any disrespect towards the country’s sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable. 

Last month, in a strong letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had accused the social media platform of supporting people from a political predisposition that lost successive elections, and of “abusing” the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers.

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Earlier, the parliamentary standing committee on Information and Technology chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had also summoned Facebook officials on the alleged misuse of its hate speech rules.

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