'We follow our policies', Twitter India tells parliamentary panel

'We follow our policies', Twitter India tells parliamentary panel

Indian representatives of microblogging platform Twitter appeared before the parliamentary panel chaired by Congress' Shashi Tharoor to debate the difficulty of its guidelines and therefore the misuse of its platform. During the deposition, Twitter India's public policy manager Shagufta Kamran and legal counsel Ayushi Kapoor represented Twitter before the panel.

During the meeting, the panel asked the corporate , if it follows the law or the land, to which a representative responded saying, "We follow our own policies," press agency ANI reported.

The members also asked Twitter why it shouldn't be fined for 'violating' rule of land, saying it's the "supreme" over the company's policies.

The meeting comes because the Centre is hostile with the microblogging site over the new Information and Technology (IT) rules. Last week, the Parliamentary committee on Information and Technology summoned Twitter India officials over issues associated with misuse of the platform and protection of citizens' rights.

On Wednesday, Twitter became the primary US-based social media platform to lose legal protection in India, meaning that the corporate will now be held liable for tweets, data hosted by it. it'll not be considered as a platform hosting something that somebody has tweeted, but it'll be editorially liable for the posts.

The Union government revoked the protection, saying that the social media giant did not suits the new IT guidelines despite being given multiple opportunities.

Earlier this month, Twitter faced backlash by officialdom after it briefly removed the 'blue tick' verification badge from the private account of vice-president Venkaiah Naidu and of several senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionaries, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat.

In May, a special cell of Delhi police sent a notice to Twitter, seeking an evidence of how it described an alleged "Congress toolkit" tweet against the Central government as "manipulated media".

Delhi Police is investigating a case of an alleged toolkit created by Congress to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The notice was sent after Twitter tagged Bharatiya Janata Party' national spokesperson Sambit Patra's tweet on the alleged toolkit as "manipulated media".

The police reportedly had also questioned Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari on May 31 and visited the Twitter India offices in Delhi and Gurgaon on Commonwealth Day over the difficulty .

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