Facebook Reps Confirmed To Meet Shashi Tharoor-Led Panel On September 2

Facebook delegates were summoned by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology in a row over a US media report alleging that the social networking site deliberately ignored disruptive content from members of the ruling BJP and right-wing voices were “flagged internally.”

The panel directed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor will be hearing the Facebook representatives on September 2. 
The notice came amid a dispute within the Standing Committee, with two BJP members beckoning to remove Mr. Tharoor from the post of the panel leader. This Thursday, Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and the BJP’s Nishikant Dubey, both members of the panel, wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker. 
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The BJP leaders have testified that Mr. Tharoor has broken the rules by tweeting his intention to summon Facebook before the panel before any discussion. Mr. Dubey has already issued a notice for violation of the privilege against Mr. Tharoor as a response. He has also asked for his removal from the panel post. An announcement from the Lok Sabha Secretariat gave the following information on Thursday evening: 

“To hear the views of the representatives of Facebook on the subject ‘Safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.”

The committee has also requested representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for their presence.

They have done so to discuss “safeguarding citizens” rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms, including particularly emphasize on women security in the digital space.”