After meeting with Parliamentary IT Committee on March 6, Facebook Vice-President Joel Kaplan said that he was grateful to the panel for giving the opportunity to share how the company was preparing for the Indian election and keep Indians safe on the social media platform.
"We are very grateful to the honourable Parliamentary Committee for giving us opportunity to come and share how we are preparing for the Indian election and helping keep people in India safe on our platform," he said.
The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) on March 6 heard what the social media giant, and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram are doing to safeguard citizen rights across its platforms.
As per earlier reports, Kaplan was to be accompanied by Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Editor, Facebook India and Ankhi Das, Director Public, Policy and Programmes.
The Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology sought clear written replies from Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram after hearing the social media platforms' officials views earlier on Wednesday, and upon informing them of the government's top priorities in this regard.
As per sources, the Anurag Thakur-led panel informed the Facebook-owned platforms that the upcoming elections, national security and protecting citizens' data were their priority areas.
Sources also added that the Parliamentary Panel asked Facebook whether its platform was serving society or dividing communities, to which Facebook's officials replied that it is a 'hybrid company'. Facebook also wasn't able to shed clear light on what regulatory framework applies to its content, advertising and marketing operations in India.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT had summoned senior officials from Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp as well as four other social media platforms on the issue of "Safeguarding citizens' rights on social/online news media platforms, sources had told Republic TV.