Twitter questions whistleblower’s claims about India activism by Parliamentary Committee led by Tharoor

Twitter was rigorously questioned by the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Technology and Information on Friday, headed by Shashi Tharoor, about a whistleblower’s revelations about its activities in India. Officials of the social media platform were asked about data security and privacy. Twitter executives have denied the accuser’s claims. However, according to sources, the panel cited responses provided by Twitter executives as “unsatisfactory”. The congressional committee is currently working to prepare a comprehensive report on data privacy and security in the country.

According to PTI’s report, the first Twitter Chief Executive Officer Samiran Gupta, Senior Director (Public Policy) and Shagufta Kamran, Director (Public Policy), were convened before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Technology on Friday. The meeting has been scheduled from 16:30 pm IST. In addition to Tharoor as chairman, MP Karti Chidambaram, TMC MP Mahua Moitra, TRS MP Ranjith Reddy, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore of BJP and John Brittas of CPI(M) are also a member of the panel.

The microblogging site has been questioned over revelations by the company’s former Chief Security Officer, Peiter Zatko, accusing Twitter of knowingly allowing the Indian government to line up its “agents” on the company’s payrolls. . According to Zatko, the agents had “direct, unattended access to the company’s systems and user data”.

Company officials were also asked if data privacy policies were in sync with local policies. They were also asked about how the company handled conflicts in the national privacy policies of different countries. According to the source, the board was not satisfied with the executives’ responses.

Company officials have denied Zatko’s claims. Along with Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s response to the revelations, the microblogging site called the claims “false narratives”.

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