The social media platform Twitter has given clarification on the instructions given by the Government of India. Let me tell you that during the ‘Kisan Movement’ Twitter was asked to stop the handlers which provoked the public by raising false rumors, but it stopped them all for a while and then stopped them all. After this, the notice was issued by the Indian government, to which Twitter has now publicly responded.
In its response, it has written that it considers transparency the basis for healthy public discussions and gaining trust. He said that people understand how he moderates his content and how he deals with various governments around the world. He said that he is also transparent about its consequences and the conditions that result from it. At the same time, he also spoke of the ‘open internet’ and ‘free expression’ being in danger around the world.
Twitter wrote that he wanted to share a detailed account of how he enforced his rules and defended his values after the Republic Day violence in New Delhi. She claimed that Twitter is empowering people’s voices and continuously improving its services all along. He said that even after the Delhi violence, he acted judicially without content. Twitter Counted by:
- We took action on hundreds of handles that violated our rules. Inciting violence, using profanity, wishing to harm someone, threats – action on all these contents.
- We made sure that no such content was introduced in the trends section, which violated the rules of Twitter.
- We suspended 500 handles with platform manipulation and spam.
- We also tried to deal with such rumors, which could lead to loss in real life. Content that violated our policy was removed.
Twitter has reported that in the last 10 days, it received several requests under Article 69 of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) IT Act of India, asking to block some of the handles. Twitter said that two of these were for emergency blocking, which we temporarily implemented but then restored it as we felt it was fine according to Indian law.
Twitter has said that after that it received a notice from the central government for not following the guidelines. In a way, here the company is determined to explain itself about the Indian rules and regulations, while the work of the court. Twitter has instead accused the Indian government that the instructions it gave are not correct according to the law. That is, a foreign company understands the law of a country more than the government of a country. The company said:
- We reduced the visibility of harmful content. They were prevented from coming in search terms and at the same time they did not appear in the trends, such arrangement.
- Following MeitY’s instructions, we suspended 500 handles that violated Twitter’s rules.
- We have banned many such handles, which will no longer be visible in India. Yes, they will definitely be seen abroad because we do not think it is in accordance with Indian law. At the same time, we consider security of ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘freedom of speech’ as our value. Banning them would mean violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression given in Indian law.
- We have not taken any action against all such handles which are of politicians, journalists, media persons and activists. We will continue our dialogue with the Government of India and will continue to talk to them respectfully.
However, we have not taken any action on accounts that consist of news media entities, journalists, activists, and politicians. We will continue to advocate for the right of free expression on behalf of the people we serve, and are exploring options under Indian law.
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 10, 2021
Twitter also shared what it means to ‘Withheld’ a handle. He has written that if he receives any request from any other administration, then that content is blocked in that particular area, while it remains visible elsewhere. Also, in the event of non-receipt of sealed orders of the court, he gives details about this ban to the users. Also told him how to request to stop the handles.
It is to be noted here that in India, he is talking about not blocking the handle of the politicians, whereas in the US he suspended the handle of the then President Donald Trump. In India, even if someone has fought the election of a ward, he is a ‘politician’, then will he get the position to share inflammatory content? There are all leftist activists here and there are also journalists who write blogs. Then nobody will be able to act under the guise of these words.
As far as America is concerned, there is talk of ‘free speech’ after the first amendment, which has been described as a long standing pillar of their democracy. However, it has been clarified that this is for the protection of the press. There is no mention of any such word in India. In this way, Twitter is constantly imposing on us by explaining things according to US law in India. He is keeping his rules above the Indian constitution and rules and regulations.
It is worth noting that the Union Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY) has responded to Twitter in defiance of the instructions of the Government of India, which is being interpreted in its own way, according to the Indian Constitution and Rules. But, interestingly, the Government of India chose not to use Twitter, but the Indian Swadeshi medium of social media. The ministry has reacted to Twitter’s profanity on the ‘Koo App’.
Let us tell you that on Wednesday (3 February 2021), the central government had clearly stated on Twitter that all the inflammatory tweets regarding the ‘farmer’ demonstration should be removed or the company is ready for both jail and fine. The central government had ordered Twitter to block 257 accounts. All these accounts were running a hashtag called #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide (Modi’s planning for the massacre of farmers). But, Twitter defied the Indian government’s directive.