New IT rules | IT Controversy : Google, Facebook summoned by parliamentary committee, to be questioned on misuse
Facebook, Google to be questioned about misuse of their platform (Photo-istock)
- Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor is the chairman of the parliamentary committee.
- The parliamentary committee consists of 21 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.
- The new rules of Information Technology (IT) have come into effect from 26 May.
New Delhi : Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology (I&T) has summoned representatives of Facebook India and Google India to appear before the committee on June 29. The committee will seek their views on prevention of misuse of social online news media platforms from the representatives of companies on protection and prevention of the rights of citizens.
The meeting to be held on Tuesday will be at 4 pm. The meeting will be held at the Parliament House annexe in the presence of committee members, officials of the Ministry of Information and Technology and representatives of Facebook and Google. Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor is the chairman of the committee, which consists of 31 members including 21 from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.
It is mentioned in the program of the meeting that this meeting will be held to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook India and Google India on the topic of prevention of misuse of social online news media platforms with special emphasis on protecting the rights of citizens and women safety in the digital space. is for. The representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will present evidence related to the subject before the committee in its next meeting on 6 July. There have been two meetings between the committee and representatives of social media sites including Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Recently a committee called Twitter to appear on June 18 to give representation on how to prevent misuse of social media and online news. On 20 June, India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations clarified that India’s new IT regulations are designed to empower ordinary users of social media. They were finalized in 2018 by the government after extensive consultations with civil society and other stakeholders.
The Central Government has framed the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 (New IT Rules) and notified it on February 25 this year. These rules have come into effect from 26 May.
In January this year, the committee had issued summons to Facebook and Twitter officials to question the misuse of social media or online news platforms. The committee has also questioned Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan on the issue of political bias on the social media platform.
Taking cognizance of the misuse of social networking sites, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on June 14 sought a report from Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram about posts on these social networking sites, in which orphans are being illegally Adoption was being offered during the Covid pandemic.
The apex child rights body has also directed these four social media bodies to submit their reports within 10 days. Also warned them that strict action will be taken against them if they fail to report such posts.
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