June 3, 2023

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India: Twitter sues government over deleted content

Twitter He has condemned the government India After receiving orders to remove content from the platform.

The suit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in the southern city of Bengaluru, and comes after the Indian government warned company executives in February that they would face criminal action if they did not comply with its orders, local media reported.

Why is Twitter rebelling against India?

Upon request, Twitter Alleging that New Delhi abused its power, it ordered the arbitrary and disproportionate removal of several tweets from its platform, a source familiar with the matter said.

The company also alleged that the government threatened criminal action against its chief compliance officer India If the company does not comply with the orders, the source added.

Of course, it is not determined that the specific content that the government decides should be removed.

Fight of the month

The case is part of a growing conflict between Twitter and New Delhi after the Indian government passed a new regulation last year They give you more power to monitor online content.

The new rules require companies to remove or block content that authorities deem illegal. According to the laws, employees of social media and technology companies can be held criminally liable for failing to comply with government orders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has tried to control social media for years, often ordering it Twitter Tweets or accounts critical of his party and his administration should be removed.

Twitter It has complied with most of those orders in the past, but has opposed others, calling the new rules a “potential threat to freedom of expression.”

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