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Twitter challenges India to pull down tweets

In India, Twitter has filed a lawsuit to block government requests to remove information.

According to individuals who spoke to the BBC, the social media behemoth has petitioned the Karnataka state high court to challenge “many” of these decisions.

Twitter was responding to a government letter from June that warned of “severe penalties” for disobeying such instructions.

According to one estimate, Twitter has more than 24 million users in India.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a government minister, tweeted a few hours after the case was filed that all international Internet sites had to adhere to Indian rules.

 

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All entities, including international Internet intermediaries and platforms, are entitled to legal and judicial scrutiny in India.

However, it goes without saying that ALL intermediaries and platforms operating here are required to abide by our laws and regulations. Open, secure, trustworthy, and accountable internet

Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@Rajeev_GoI) July 5, 2022 Sources familiar with the matter said the government had warned Twitter in June, saying it was the company’s “last opportunity” to comply with a number of blocking orders. They fall under India’s information technology law which allows the government to block online content that “threatens the security of the state” and public order among other things. Akufo-Addo’s boy,

Thomas Amoani blows course in UK University Popular Nollywood actor reportedly homeless Latest twist to Takoradi ‘pregnant’ woman case will shock you They said Twitter had chosen to go to court due to the “seriousness of the threats” as failure to comply with the law could lead to criminal proceedings. The social media giant believes that the orders are “procedurally and substantially deficient” of the requirements of the law and many of them “demonstrate excessive use of power and are disproportionate,” sources said. In several cases, for example, there are demands for entire accounts to be blocked, the sources added. And several accounts could involve content posted by “official handles of political parties”.

This is the latest move in a continuing face-off between Twitter and India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government. Over the past year, authorities have asked the social media giant to remove tweets and block accounts, citing objections based on public order. These include accounts and tweets related to last year’s massive protests by farmers and tweets critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

During the farmers’ protests Twitter briefly blocked some 250 accounts in response to a legal notice by the government, citing objections based on public order. These included accounts of an investigative news magazine, and activists and groups associated with supporting the months-long protests on the outskirts of Delhi.

However, Twitter quickly reinstated the accounts, claiming that there was “insufficient basis” to keep them suspended.

Twitter was informed in February of last year that it was “welcome to do business in India,” but that it had to abide by local laws “regardless of Twitter’s own rules and standards”.

Following a police visit to its Delhi offices in May, Twitter voiced worries about the country’s restrictions on free speech.

After the site referred to a BJP tweet as “manipulated media,” the authorities sent a notice to the site.

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