Tharoor-led Parliament Panel Summons Facebook Today Over Women Safety

| Updated: 29 November, 2021 9:15 am IST
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NEW DELHI: The parliamentary standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) led by MP Shashi Tharoor has summoned representatives of social media giant Facebook today in the wake of growing issues involving protection of citizens’ rights and safety of women in digital social and online news media platforms.

“To hear the views of representatives of Facebook, India on the subject safeguarding citizens rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space,” the committee’s agenda has said.

A former Facebook employee has allegedly on company’s unethical working practices.

However, Facebook has been facing controversies since last year when its India head Ankhi Das had resigned after the social media giant was embroiled in a hate speech row in the country.

Her twin sister, Rashmi Das, was allegedly hounded by several political organisations over her allegiance to right wing-affiliated student body Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The siblings had both studied at Jawahar Lal University.

Last week , a committee chaired by Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha had summoned Facebook India public policy director Shivnath Thukral and legal director G V Anand Bhushan to depose before the Delhi Assembly’s Peace and Harmony Committee over the 2020 northeast Delhi riots.

The committee had  heard seven witnesses while examining the role of social media in connection with north east Delhi riots that claimed over 50 lives and left hundreds of people injured in February 2020.

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