Facebook India Seeks 14 Days Time From Delhi Assembly Committee

Facebook India Seeks 14 Days Time From Delhi Assembly Committee

Facebook India has sought 14 days time from Delhi Legislative Assembly to appear before them and furnish their statement on the committee's "Peace and Harmony" concerns. Facebook India informed the committee in an email that it is looking for an appropriate officer for it.

The committee had earlier asked Facebook India to appear before them on November 18. The committee had asked Facebook India to send an appropriate senior representative to depose on November 2 for talks on 'role of social media in curbing spread of false and malicious messages which can fan disharmony and affect peace".

The committee is being chaired by Raghav Chadha. The Delhi Assembly had earlier summoned Facebook India Director Ajit Mohan to appear before the court in February. Facebook India had instead filed a petition against it in the Supreme Court.

The apex court had, in July this year, recognized that the power of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Committee's was at par with Parliamentary privileges of other Legislative Assemblies.

Sadanand Sah, Deputy Secretary of the Committee, in a letter said, "Delhi had witnessed unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in February 2020. The Assembly has constituted a Committee on peace and harmony to recommend suitable measures to defuse the situation and restore harmony among religious communities, linguistic communities or social groups."

The letter further mentioned, "Since Facebook has lakhs of users in Delhi, the Committee has decided to hear the views of representative(s) of Facebook India on the above subject at their sitting scheduled to be held on 2nd of November, 2021 from 12.30 pm in MLA Lounge."

The committee has asked Facebook to send a senior representative and the names and designations of representative can be informed through email before October 31 by 4pm or before. The letter also added that failure to comply would attract initiation of proceedings for breach of privilege or contempt of the Assembly.

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