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Twitter India to meet the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT after bias accusations

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Twitter is being summoned to a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology to examine 'how to safeguard citizens rights on social/online news media platforms' on 11 February. Representatives of MeitY will also attend the meeting. This meeting was called a day after there were protests outside Twitter India's office accusing the platform of being 'biased against the right-wing.' BJP MLA Anurag Thakur, who is also the chairman of the committee, tweeted about the notification yesterday: The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology will examine the issue: SAFEGUARDING CITIZENS RIGHTS ON SOCIAL/ONLINE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS MEITY & TWITTER will present their views. You can tweet/email your views: comit@sansad.nic.in pic.twitter.com/bDYoSv5OHd — Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 5, 2019 We have reached out to Twitter for comment, and will update this when we hear from them. Protests about bias The protests were held outside Twitter India's headquarters in Delhi's Lado Sarai by 'Youth for Social Media Democracy'. The protesters accused Twitter India of being biased against right-wing users and ideologies on Twitter, adding that Twitter blocked these accounts and impressions, but ignored offensive and abusive content, and threats by left-leaning or Congress parties. Delhi: Members of 'Youth for Social Media Democracy' protest outside the office of Twitter India. Protesters say "Twitter has acquired an anti-right wing attitude. They block our accounts & impressions of the tweets. We won't tolerate this, they will have to change their policy." pic.twitter.com/rsgTO99uWx — ANI (@ANI) February 3, 2019 Previous bias accusation In November, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's visit to India…

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