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Escalating the conflict with the government, social media company Twitter has approached the court against the Centre’s strictness to abide by Indian laws.
Twitter has challenged the government orders in the Karnataka High Court. Some of the orders are a case of abuse of power on the part of the officers, it has been said in the petition. At the same time, Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav made it clear that social media has to be accountable. The process of creating an ecosystem for this is in the final stages.
According to sources, the US company said some of the orders do not meet the procedural requirements of India’s IT law. Therefore, judicial review of the orders is necessary. Twitter, which has about 24 million users in India, has said in the petition, in some cases, the government has ordered the removal of the authors of the content without giving them notice. Some of the content is posts from authorized accounts of political parties. If these were removed, it would be a violation of freedom of expression.
Action on misleading post of Khalistan supporter, Kovid
In a year, the central government wrote to Twitter to take action against pro-Khalistan, farmers’ agitation and Twitter accounts criticizing the government during Kovid-19 or spreading false information.
The Indian government had publicly stated that social media companies, including Twitter, were not complying with requests for removal of content despite legal obligations.
Time given till 4th July
In late June, the IT ministry had warned that Twitter would be stripped of its intermediate status if the orders were not followed by July 4. Then Twitter followed orders. With this, the company will be held responsible for every tweet.
allegations of favoritism
There have been allegations of bias on Twitter in India. It is alleged that the accounts of influential persons including many politicians have been blocked in the name of violation of policies.
Removal of harmful content, self-control is the first step towards accountability
Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on Tuesday that social media is a very powerful medium, which is having a great impact on our lives. So how to make it accountable is the big question. He said, ecosystem is being created for this in the whole world including India. Vaishnav said, self-control is the first step towards making social media accountable. After this comes the regulation of industries and finally the turn of government rules. Any material which has a harmful effect on the society should be removed.