Twitter submits petition against Indian government online censorship


Twitter Inc. has petitioned the Indian High Court to overturn the government’s content removal order after warning about the “significant consequences” of the Indian government’s breach of such an order.

The social media giant filed a petition for a warrant with the Karnataka High Court on July 5, seeking judicial review of some of the content contained in the deletion order.

Twitter argued that the content deletion order was “extensive and arbitrary, unable to provide notifications to content originators, and was unbalanced.” Hindu Reported by citing information from unnamed sources.

Blocking such content is a violation of free speech, especially if the rationale for the block is unclear, sources said. Some tweets contained political content posted by the official handle of a political party.

“Some block orders issued to Twitter only cite the rationale for Section 69A, how the content is included in those rationale, or how the content violates Section 69A. I can’t tell you if you’re doing it, “said a source.

Section 69A of Indian Information Technology Law allows governments to block public access to content for national security.

Rajiv Chandra Sekar, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Said in a tweet All foreign internet brokers and social media platforms operating in India must comply with national law.

The Epoch Times contacted Twitter for comment.

Order block

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned in June that non-compliance with the content blocking order would have “significant consequences”, including a criminal procedure against Twitter’s chief compliance officer, Hindu reported.

With approximately 24 million users in India, Twitter previously complied with the Content Blocking Order so as not to lose the tax exemption available as a host of content. However, some deterrence orders claimed to be below the procedural standards of India’s Information Technology Act.

Tensions with the Indian government intensified in 2021 when New Delhi refused to fully comply with the order to delete accounts and posts alleged to disseminate false information about peasant anti-government protests. did.

The U.S.-based company is also under police investigation in India, where in 2021 many government ministers switched from Twitter to Koo, India’s social media platform, and Twitter violated local law. I accused him of being there.

According to the Industry Transparency Report, India is one of the countries with the highest government demands for content removal on social media platforms. The Government of India is considering some amendments to the rule, including the introduction of a government-run appeal panel that has the authority to overturn content moderation decisions for social media companies.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.