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Post meeting with Parliamentary IT panel, Twitter says ‘prepared to work with Committee’

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Twitter reportedly accepted before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that it gives priority to its own laid down policies over Indian law in cases of conflict, which led the panel to conclude that the social media company was in violation of the IT Act, 2000. According to a report by Economic Times, the panel questioned Twitter India representatives on June 18 on various issues such as the appointment of a full-time compliance officer, its status of being an intermediary and so on for over 90 minutes. At the end of the meeting, the panel reportedly gave Twitter representatives queries to which the social media company has to provide answers soon. The report does not quote any official, and the information is attributed to sources. MediaNama on Monday tried contacting several members of the Standing Committee. While one of the members said that he was not authorised to talk about the issue, others did not respond. A Twitter Spokesperson too declined to divulge details about the proceedings of the meeting but said — “We appreciate the opportunity to share our views before the Standing Committee on Information Technology. Twitter stands prepared to work with the Committee on the important work of safeguarding citizens' rights online in line with our principles of transparency, freedom of expression, and privacy. We will also continue working alongside the Indian Government as part of our shared commitment to serve and protect the public conversation — Twitter Spokesperson Proceedings of the panel, according to the…

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