The Indian government has issued an ultimatum to Twitter to immediately appoint a representative to deal with complaints from the authorities or to deal with the “consequences”.
This new regulation, which came into force in February, requires Twitter, Google, YouTube or WhatsApp to appoint a representative to deal with complaints from the Indian government that have repeatedly spread critical news about incitement to hatred in the country criticized. Country.
In fact, the government asked Twitter to block content in an attempt to silence criticism of farmers’ protests in the country.
“Twitter’s refusal to comply with the law shows its lack of commitment to provide the people of India with a safe experience on its platform,” lamented the Ministry of Information in a statement collected by the NDTV network.
This “final notice”, as described in the statement, comes after Twitter temporarily removed the verification badge – the familiar “blue mark” – from the personal account of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who had not logged in for six months.
Last month, police officers visited Twitter facilities in New Delhi, unoccupied since March 2020 due to the pandemic, to deliver a notification in an investigation into positions of senior members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
These posts, which, according to the BJP, were supposed to accuse members of the opposition of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic in their favor, were described by Twitter as “synthetic and manipulated content” in line with the opposition’s criticism. The company issued a statement on May 27, citing the police visit as an example of “intimidation tactics” and expressing concern about the government’s actions.