Discussion on with Government on ‘bias’ allegations : Twitter India


New Delhi,
Feb 06. After a parliamentary panel summoned Twitter for alleged bias against
“right-wing” accounts as general elections loom, the micro-blogging
platform on Wednesday said it is in touch with the Indian government on the

with the government on this issue are currently on and nothing further can be
commented at the moment till further clarity,” a Twitter India
spokesperson told IANS.

It was still
unclear who will represent Twitter in the February 11 meeting.

The Parliament’s
standing committee on information technology,
headed by Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) MP Anurag Thakur, summoned Twitter India along with
representatives from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
(Meity) for alleged bias against “nationalist” accounts.

The panel
will examine the issue of “Safeguarding citizens rights on social media/online
news platforms
” in its meeting on February 11 in Parliament complex,
Thakur tweeted on Tuesday.

This comes
after activist-advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari met Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh on January 28 and apprised him of the alleged
“discriminatory and unfair practices” by Twitter, which he said were
a “threat to national security“.

In his
application, Bhandari alleged that Twitter was suspending accounts which either
support “Indic ideals or the current government”.

As India
gears up for general elections, owners of global social media platforms are in
a huddle over how to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news in the

Addressing a
town-hall meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi in November,
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category, adding the
social network is taking “multi-variable” steps to curb the spread of
misleading information ahead of 2019 general elections.

Twitter, which is growing with a positive trajectory in India, is also looking for “a unique leader” who can take the country operations to the next level.

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