Facebook, Twitter officials to appear before parliamentary panel on IT today
The standing committee of Parliament on Information Technology has summoned the officials of Facebook and Twitter on Thursday to hear their views on safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms.
The agenda of the meeting has been uploaded on the website of the Lok Sabha secretariat.
The Centre had recently asked WhatsApp to withdraw the latest changes to its policy that triggered boycott calls and said the “unilateral changes” are unfair and unacceptable.
However, WhatsApp has backed these changes, saying they don't expand its ability to share user data with Facebook and the messaging app is working on addressing “misinformation” about it.
“We wish to reinforce that this update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook. Our aim is to provide transparency and new options available to engage with businesses...” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that WhatsApp will always protect personal messages with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see them.
On January 16, WhatsApp delayed the introduction of these changes to May 15 after massive backlash and users moving en masse to other messaging applications such as Signal and Telegram.
The 30-member parliamentary standing committee on IT is headed by Dr Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
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