Facebook Vice President To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel On March 6

In his appearance before the panel, Facebook Vice-President Joel Kaplan will explain what the social media giant is doing to safeguard citizen's rights.

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Facebook Vice President To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel On March 6

Facebook Vice President Joel Kaplan will appear before a Parliamentary panel on March 6.


New Delhi: 

Facebook Vice-President Joel Kaplan will appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology in New Delhi on March 6 to explain what the social media giant and its subsidiaries--WhatsApp and Instagram are doing to safeguard citizen's rights across platforms.

"Senior Facebook officials will appear on March 6 before a parliamentary panel to outline the specific measures taken to ensure safety of users on its platform," told news agency IANS on Sunday.

Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook, India, and Ankhi Das, Director (Public, Policy and Programmes) will accompany Mr Kaplan, sources said.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg or COO Sheryl Sandberg are not travelling to India for the hearing.

The Facebook officials' presentation will follow appearance of Colin Crowell, Global Vice-President (Public Policy) of Twitter, before the Anurag Thakur-led panel on February 25. Crowell had spoken about how the microblogging site would help address issues like political bias and manipulation on its platform.

Twitter was also asked to reply to some of the unanswered queries within 10 days.

In his tweet last month, Mr Thakur said: "The Parliamentary Committee will now examine the issue of 'safeguarding citizen rights on social/online news media platforms'. The following will present their positions: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram."

As India gears up for general elections, global social media platforms are discussing how to curb misinformation and fake news in a country where mobile penetration has helped Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram reach millions of users.

Facebook has close to 300 million users and WhatsApp over 200 million. According to statista.com, Instagram has nearly 75 million users in India.

In the runup to the Lok Sabha polls, Facebook has introduced a new tool to bring transparency to ads related to politics.

Anyone who runs ads related to politics will have to reveal their identity and location to pass the authorisation process and have a "Published by" or "Paid for by" label.

"The tool comes with some India-specific features," Shivnath Thukral, Facebook's Public Policy Director for India and South Asia, had told news agency IANS recently.



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