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The indian parliament panel seeks written responses from Twitter

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Twitter Inc. has 10 days to file written answers to questions from a parliamentary panel in India, the president said Monday after meeting with the AMERICAN company, the head of the policy.

FILE PHOTO: A man reads the tweets on his phone in front of a Twitter logo in Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, on 10 March 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Image/File Photo

The meeting with Colin Crowell, Twitter’s global vice president of public policy, came as India increases its scrutiny of social media content for an election, due by May, Prime minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term.

Crowell and his team answered a number of questions from the parliamentary information technology committee, the president Anurag Thakur, a legislator from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata y, told reporters after the meeting.

“They were not able to answer some of the questions,” Thakur said, without elaboration. “We have 10 days to reply in writing.”

Twitter declined to comment after the meeting.

India, one of the world’s largest internet markets, which at the end of December, proposed rules that force platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp messenger service and Twitter to be removed within 24 hours of unlawful content, such as everything that affects the “sovereignty and integrity of India”.

Twitter has also been asked to engage more with India for the election of the commission to ensure that the vote is held in a free and fair manner, Thakur said.

Twitter and other social media companies have revised policies to be more transparency before the general election and rein in misinformation.

The panel will gather on March 6, in the hearing of representatives of the social media giant Facebook Inc., the messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc. is the worldwide head of the public order, will represent the company and its units, Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook India head Ajit Mohan and the local public policy head, will take part in the meeting added.

Reporting by Nigam Prusty and Sankalp Phartiyal; editing by Darren Schuettler

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