Social media menace to women’s safety. Know why Parliamentary Panel summons Facebook

Social media menace to women’s safety. Know why Parliamentary Panel summons Facebook

A Parliamentary committee has summoned Facebook India to discuss issues of protection of citizen’s rights, specifically women’s safety on social media platforms.

New Delhi: A Parliamentary committee has summoned Facebook India to discuss issues of protection of citizen’s rights, specifically women’s safety on social media platforms. The committee also summoned Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for the same.

The committee will also be discussing submissions made by Facebook whistleblower Sophie who submitted several allegations against social media giant Facebook and its politically sophisticated attempt to influence Delhi 2020 assembly elections.

Earlier, the Indian parliamentary panel advised social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to set up a regulatory body to look at the safety measures.

The committee will also hear from officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology regarding the protection of the rights of citizens and prevention of misuse of social-online news media platforms with special emphasis on women’s safety in the digital space.

The agenda of the committee states: “To hear the views of representatives Of Facebook India 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 Parliamentary committee made those recommendations and reviewed the personal data protection bill introduced in 2019 that seeks to protect users’ privacy and enforce strict controls on how social media giants like Google and Amazon collect, process, and store data.

first published:Nov. 29, 2021, 6:07 p.m.

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