Twitter CEO and senior officials of the company have refused to appear before the Indian Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology on 11 February 2019 (Monday). They have said “short notice” of the hearing as the reason.
The committee had given 10 days to the top Twitter executives to travel to India and appear before it.
The committee sent an official letter to Twitter on the 1st of this month to discuss issues regarding use of social media. The committee also asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to attend the meeting.
The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on 7th, but postponed to 11th to enable the top Twitter officials to make themselves available.
Deputing a junior employee that has no decision-making authority would not have been agreeable to the Indian parliamentary committee.
Social media platform heads showing disregard to India’s parliamentary bodies is not new. Earlier, they avoided attending similar hearings in Singapore and the US Congress.
This issue has happened when concerns about safeguarding citizens’ data privacy are growing.