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“Twitter Must Respect Indian Laws”: Government Hardens Stance On Accounts

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday expressed “strong displeasure” about Twitter’s response to the emergency order to block more than a thousand accounts for the alleged spread of provocative content and misinformation on the farmer protests. As a business entity working in India, Twitter “must respect” Indian laws and follow them “irrespective of Twitter’s own rules and guidelines”, the government said, making it clear that Twitter should block the accounts immediately.
“Lawfully passed orders are binding on any business entity. They must be obeyed immediately. If they are executed days later, it becomes meaningless,” the ministry said.

Citing its crackdown on accounts after last month’s violence at Washington’s Capitol Hill, the government also told Twitter that the “differential treatment” it provided to India and the US is “deeply disappointing”.

The meeting between Electronics and IT ministry and the Twitter representatives – Monique Meche, Vice President Global Public Policy and Jim Baker, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President Legal – took place after the social media platform snubbed the government over its request to block 1,178 accounts.

Report by web dsesk
Reported on – 11/02/2021

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