Big Tech must obey the law of the land, says government as Twitter goes to court


The Twitter saga against the Indian government has taken a new turn. The Indian government has said that all intermediaries and social media companies must comply with the law of the country to operate in India. The statement came after Twitter petitioned the Karnataka High Court to oppose the government’s order to remove certain content from its platform. Also Read – Crypto Price Today: Bitcoin and Ethereum Rise Up to 9% as Market Rebounds

Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said in a statement on Twitter that all foreign intermediaries and platforms have the right of judicial review in India, but they also have the obligation to comply with the laws. Also Read – Twitter Finally Complies With Latest MeitY Notice: Report

“But equally, all intermediaries/platforms operating here have an unambiguous obligation to comply with our laws and rules,” Chandrasekhar wrote in his tweet. Read also – Twitter tips: 5 things that can get you banned on the platform

Commenting on the matter, Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “…be it any company, in any sector, they have to abide by Indian laws”.

Twitter against the Indian government

Twitter yesterday moved the Karnataka High Court against the Indian government’s order to remove content on its platform on the grounds that the IT Ministry’s content blocking orders do not pass “the motives test”. provided for in section 69A of the IT Act”.

The microblogging platform, in its court opinion, alleged that government orders to remove specific content and accounts from its platform in India represented an abuse of power by officials.

According to a Reuters report, the company, in documents submitted to the Karnataka High Court, claimed that in some of the orders issued by the government, it failed to notify the authors of the tweets. In other cases, orders have been issued for political content shared by official political party pseudonyms. In either case, removing the content would be a violation of free speech.

Notably, Twitter’s decision came shortly after reports indicated that Twitter had complied with notices issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to the company regarding the removal of publications and profiles mentioned in the orders issued on June 6 and 9.

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