The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has directed the social media platform Twitter to support free and fair elections in India.
As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines, the social media platform may be asked to go silent in areas where elections are being conducted for 48 hours and ensure “real-time compliance” with the guidelines concerning free and fair elections.
The Parliamentary Committee headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur held a three-hour long meeting with global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, Colin Crowell on Monday.
After the meeting, Thakur told reporters, “The Lok Sabha elections should be free and fair. There should not be the kind of complaints as in the US. Twitter officials have asked to meet Election Commission officials. There should be real-time compliance.”
The public policy heads of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have been called to appear before the parliamentary panel on March 6, he added.
It’s to be noted that the meeting comes in the wake of a complaint alleging an “anti-rightwing” bias on Twitter.