A Parliamentary Panel has told Google and Facebook that they must comply with new IT standards and court rulings.

Officials from Facebook and Google spoke before a parliamentary committee investigating the misuse of social media platforms.

The panel, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, has requested that representatives from social networking platforms come in person to discuss the matter.

Facebook and Google have been ordered to comply with the country’s new IT rules by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology. The panel, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, has requested that officials from the social media platforms come in person to discuss the matter. The hearing was held to preserve citizens’ rights and prevent the misuse of social media and online news platforms.

According to sources quoted by PTI, the representatives were informed that their existing data protection and privacy policy process had flaws, and they were ordered to put in place stringent safeguards to protect their users’ data privacy and security.

According to the sources, Chairman Shashi Tharoor was also concerned about women privacy who use social media platforms. Several female MPs have also complained to him about this, he said.

The meeting’s agenda includes protecting people’s rights and preventing the misuse of social/online news media platforms.

Because of their Covid-related protocol, Facebook executives had previously informed the parliamentary panel that their business policy does not allow their officials to attend in-person meetings. On the other hand, Chairman Shashi Tharoor stated on Facebook that the party’s executives would have to meet in person because the parliament secretariat does not permit virtual meetings.

Representatives from YouTube and other Social Media Intermediaries will appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT in the coming weeks. Representatives from Facebook and Google were summoned just days after Twitter managers testified in front of the panel. Several panel members had stated emphatically at the previous meeting that the rule of law, not the social media platform, is supreme.

The debate concentrated on the content that users of the microblogging site uploaded and whether it adhered to the state’s legislation. Twitter informed the panel that it follows its policies through counsel Ayushi Kapoor and public policy manager Shagufta Kamran. Several panel members had stated emphatically at the previous meeting that the rule of law, not the social media platform’s policies, is superior.

Conclusion
India’s permanent mission to the United Nations emphasized on June 20 that the country’s new IT rules are “intended to empower regular users of social media” and that they were finalized following extensive consultations with civil society and other stakeholders in 2018.

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