Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology summoned Facebook

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Social media platform Facebook, which is facing allegations of ignoring the hateful statements made by some BJP leaders, has been summoned by Parliament's Standing Committee on Information Technology on September 2 to discuss the issue of alleged misuse of its platform.

A day before this committee will also discuss issues related to internet closure. Apart from Facebook, the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology has also asked representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to be present at the proposed meeting on September 2.

The meeting will discuss the subject of protecting the rights of citizens and preventing the misuse of online social media forums, with special emphasis on the protection of women in the digital world.

This notification of the meeting came on the day when BJP MP Nishikant Dubey wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against the head of Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology, demanding Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to remove him from the post of Chairman of the committee. Citing the rules in a letter to Birla, Dubey has urged him to appoint another member to head the committee in place of Tharoor.

The BJP MP alleges that ever since Tharoor became the chairman of this committee, he has been pursuing its work in an unprofessional manner and running his own political program of spreading rumors and bringing a bad name to my party.

According to a notification issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, a meeting convened on September 1, besides officials from the Ministry of Communications and Home Affairs, has also invited representatives from Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi.