After Twitter Declines To Appear Before Parliamentary Committee, Government Mulls Action Against The Social Network

After Twitter Declines To Appear Before Parliamentary Committee, Government Mulls Action Against The Social Network

Hours after Twitter declined to appear before a parliamentary committee on information technology on Monday citing short notice, the committee headed by Anurag Thakur has hinted that it will initiate breach of privilege action against it and its brass. They are taking advantage of the world's biggest market and are unwilling to answer," Thakur told media. BJP national spokesperson Meenakashi Lekhi earlier in the day also warned Twitter of "repercussions" and said no agency in any country has the right to disrespect its institutions. "There are repercussions because in any democratic country, institutions need to be respected by the world powers. Earlier in the day, a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement said: "Given the short notice of the hearing, we informed the committee that it would not be possible for senior officials from Twitter to travel from the United States to appear on Monday." "We have suggested that we work with the Lok Sabha Secretariat to find mutually agreed dates for this meeting so that a senior Twitter official can attend," the Twitter spokesperson said. "We have also offered representatives from Twitter India to come and answer questions on Monday. We await feedback from the government on these matters," said the statement. The parliamentary committee on information technology, headed by Thakur, had issued summons to Twitter through a letter on February 1. Keep watching CNN-News18 at just 50 Paise per Month.

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Hours after Twitter declined to appear before a parliamentary committee on information technology on Monday citing short notice, the committee headed by Anurag Thakur has hinted that it will initiate breach of privilege action against it and its brass.

“Of course it can be an issue of breach of parliamentary privilege. They are taking advantage of the world’s biggest market and are unwilling to answer,” Thakur told media. He said the reply of Twitter has been taken seriously by the committee, and “we will take a serious note of it”. “It is a very serious subject, and the kind of reply they have given will be discussed in the parliamentary committee, and we will take further action on that,” he said.

BJP national spokesperson Meenakashi Lekhi earlier in the day also warned Twitter of “repercussions” and said no agency in any country has the right to disrespect its institutions. “In this situation, if Twitter is disrespecting the established institution of Parliament, then there are repercussions,” she said at a press conference. “There are repercussions because in any democratic country, institutions need to be respected by the world powers. If there is any violation of any sort, then there are repercussions to those violations…The institutions need to be respected,” Lekhi said.

The BJP leader’s remarks came after top Twitter officials, including its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Dorsey, declined to appear before…

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