Prominent Congress Parliament member Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the parliamentary panel on information and technology had written to the IT ministry over its communication with Twitter on the 'manipulated media' issue and has received a detailed reply on it.
In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the BJP MP, who is a member of the panel, had referred to some recent remarks made by Tharoor on the Union government on the "toolkit issue", and alleged that the Congress leader was "misusing" his official position to "tarnish" the image of the Union government as well as Parliament by raising issues which are outside the purview of the parliamentary panel.
Taking to Twitter, Tharoor said that with reference to allegations circulated publicly recently by a member of the Parliamentary Committee on IT relating to the 'manipulated media' issue, it is clarified that given the committee's inability to meet in current circumstances, it communicates with ministries in writing as required.
On the subject of the IT ministry's "contacts with Twitter" on 'Manipulated Media', the Committee Secretariat wrote to MEITY by email and received a detailed and comprehensive reply dated May 26, which is being circulated to all members for their information, Tharoor said in a series of tweets.
The committee is already examining the subject 'safeguarding citizens' rights & prevention of misuse of social/online media platforms" which relates to this issue, Tharoor asserted.