New Delhi: The senior officials of Facebook, a giant of social media platform, will come out in front of the Parliamentary panel on March 6. The purpose is to outline the explicit measures commence to guarantee the security of users subsequent to being called upon by the committee, as per the sources. The development presumes importance among concerns being elevated over any probable exploitation of social media utilities to obstruct in the imminent elections.
If the sources to be believed, Joel Kaplan, the Vice-President of Global Public Policy, is going to represent Facebook along with its group associations, including WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook India VP & Managing Director Ajit Mohan with Ankhi Das, the Director Public of Policy and Programs India is going to stand for Facebook India, they stated. Nevertheless, Facebook did not remark on who will be present at the assembly but mentioned:
“deeply committed to India and to safeguarding our users and their rights on our family of apps”.
A Facebook spokesperson told PTI, “We deeply appreciate the opportunity to answer questions from the honorable parliamentary committee and to outline the specific steps we have taken to help ensure the safety of our users,” The parliamentary panel that met the officials of Twitter on Monday mentioned the micro-blogging platform, in order to engage more with the ECI (Election Commission of India) in front of the general elections.
Throughout the meeting, lasted for almost three-and-a-half-hours, the Twitter officials were even told that there must not be any “international interference” within the Lok Sabha polls. It categorically told to guarantee that the approaching elections are not damaged and unfair by foreign entities. Twitter that has faced claims of political partiality on its stage was showcased by the Public Policy’s Global Vice President for Twitter Colin Crowell as well as other officials.
In the past, Twitter has preserved that it is dedicated to staying impartial and that its policies, as well as products, never depend on political beliefs. There have been mounting worries around the privacy of the data of citizens and their privileges on digital platforms.
Given anxieties that social media might be misused to obstruct in the forthcoming elections, the government has started caution these platforms of a tough act if any effort was done to power the electoral process of the country through unwanted means. Moreover, the government is proposing to alter IT policies to restrain forged news and augment answerability of such platforms.
Within the last few weeks, Google, Twitter, and Facebook have assured to introduce more lucidity into political announcements on their platform, as well as announced, some measures as a division of their election reliability efforts.