After asking Twitter to address issuesin real time and to engage more with the Election Commission in India ahead of general elections in the country, the parliamentary panel has summoned senior officials from Facebook and its group companies WhatsApp and Instagram on March 6.
"Facebook is deeply committed to India and to safeguarding our users and their rights on our family of apps. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to answer questions from the honourable Parliamentary Committee and to outline the specific steps we have taken to help ensure the safety of our users," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
Both Twitter and Facebook had announced measures undertaken by them to products and policies over the past few months ahead of general elections in India recently.
In a meeting with Twitter's global VP for public policy, Colin Crowell, Twitter was told to check there should be no international interference in the upcoming polls of the world's biggest democracy.
In a statement on February 21, Twitter had said protecting the integrity of elections is an essential part of the company's mission and that the 2019 elections were a key priority for the company globally. The company mentioned how it had updated Twitter Rules to provide clearer guidelines on key issues including fake accounts, and distribution of hacked material and that it had formed an internal cross-functional elections group to lead electoral integrity work in India till the polling day.
Facebook said that ahead of the general elections, it is making big changes to ads that reference political figures, political parties, elections and ads that advocate for or against legislation. Facebook said on the platform, people will begin to see political ads with 'published by' or 'paid for by' disclaimers that have been specified by advertisers and that in coming weeks people will start seeing the country locations of people managing it.
ET had reported in its edition dated November 21 that the government had started fortnightly meetings with social media companies Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google to check the spread of misinformation and fake news on their platforms ahead of the general elections.