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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey & Top Officials Refuses  To Appear Before The Parliamentary Committee

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| February 9 , 2019 , 15:09 IST

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey and top officials of the social media giant have reportedly declined to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT over their outright bias.

This refusal comes a day after Twitter India issued a stated that the social media platform is committed to remaining unbiased and that its product, as well as policies, are never based on any political ideology.

The parliamentary committee meeting was scheduled for February 7 but was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter CEO and senior officials more time to make themselves available.

Twitter cited "short notice of the hearing" as the reason, despite being given 10 days to travel, the sources said.

India is one of Twitters biggest markets and it is a growing market.

The committee had also summoned Twitter India officials on the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on social media, panel head Anurag Thakur said.

On February 3, members of Youth for Social Media Democracy had protested outside the office of Twitter India.

The protesters alleged that Twitter has acquired an anti-right-wing attitude. "They block our accounts and impressions of the tweets. We won't tolerate this." The protesters had insisted on Twitter to change its policy.

Earlier on Friday, Twitter India had issued a statement regarding the allegations of bias.

“There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter and political partisanship in India in recent weeks and we'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. In 2017, we asked our most passionate users what they love most about Twitter and what they shared was powerful.

They said that Twitter lets them see what’s happening from every point of view, all perspectives, every side. 

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This ability to see every side of a topic makes Twitter unlike any other service in the world -- and it’s something we work hard to cultivate and protect,” the statement said.

The statement further said, “Twitter is a platform where voices from across the spectrum can be seen and heard. We are committed to the principles of openness, transparency, and impartiality. …Our product and policies are never developed nor evolved on the basis of political ideology.”