In a notification, the Committee has said the agenda of the March 6 meeting will be “to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp and
According to a person familiar with the matter, the companies have been asked to be represented by “the CEO or a member of the global team”.
Emails sent to Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram, were not immediately answered. The panel’s head, Anurag Thakur, confirmed the development. Twitter said last week it wasn’t given enough time to get the CEO to India, and the meeting was deferred by 15 days on February 11.
Misinformation and fake news
spreading through social media
and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp are a big concern for the government and political parties as India heads towards general elections in a couple of months.
On his maiden visit to India, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
had earlier acknowledged the problem. “We have to make sure that we are scoping this problem as tightly as possible...Our job is to make sure we are identifying misinformation, it's the context of the information, the intent behind the information. If it is intending to mislead, we need to understand and pick out the misinformation and our job is to ensure it doesn't spread,” he had said. While Dorsey may consider making a second visit to India for a meeting with the Standing Committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may also plan a similar outing.