New Delhi, February 5: A Parliamentary Panel, headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anurag Thakur on Tuesday summoned Twitter India over allegations of bias against particular accounts supporting the right-wing ideology. The Twitter will present its case before the panel on February 11. The parliamentary committee on Information Technology will examine the issue and will hear views of the representatives of IT Ministry and Twitter on the subject 'Safeguarding citizens on social media platforms'. Thakur also tweeted regarding the agenda of the meeting. Jodhpur Court Orders FIR Against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For 'Anti-Brahmin' Post.
The panel summoned the Twitter India after Delhi-based advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari met 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". Twitter India Issues Statement After Jack Dorsey Triggers Outrage by Holding Sign That Says ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’.
The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology will examine the issue:
SAFEGUARDING CITIZENS RIGHTS ON SOCIAL/ONLINE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS
MEITY & TWITTER will present their views.
You can tweet/email your views:
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 5, 2019
Meanwhile, on Sunday, members of the 'Youth for Social Media Democracy' also staged a protest outside the office of Twitter India in Delhi. The protesters alleged that the Twitter has acquired an anti-right-wing attitude. The agitated demonstrators insisted Twitter to change its policy. One of the protestors told ANI, "Twitter has acquired an anti-right wing attitude. They block our accounts and impressions of the tweets. We won't tolerate this; they will have to change their policy." The protestors claimed that the act of “selectively” authenticating Twitter handles of people with leftist propaganda has often led to spreading of fake news.
Met the Hon’ble Home Minister Sh @rajnathsingh ji & handed over my representation against biased behaviour of Twitter against Nationalist accounts,
which is threat to democracy & National Security.
Gave solutions to ensure free & fair elections. pic.twitter.com/R08F2m5ExQ
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) January 28, 2019
In December last year, a Jodhpur court ordered an FIR against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for sharing a post in which he carried a poster reading "smash Brahmanical patriarchy". The petition was filed by vice president of Vipra Foundation's youth wing, Rajkumar Sharma, over the post by Dorsey. The photo was taken during Dorsey's recent trip to India.