Twitter India’s relationship with the Modi government has been strained in recent months, from the “manipulated media” term to the toolkit scandal and compliance difficulties with new IT laws.
New Delhi, India: In the month of June alone, Twitter and its Indian employees have received at least four FIRs, one police notice, two instructions from the IT parliamentary committee regarding company policies, and requests from both India’s law enforcement and government to take action on over 80 pieces of content.
All of this has occurred as the government begins to put pressure on social media platforms to comply with new IT regulations.
The Modi government’s relationship with the Silicon Valley firm has been strained since the beginning of the year, when Twitter failed to carry out calls for action against specific accounts during the farmers’ protests.
Tensions have only risen as a result of Twitter’s labelling of a post by some BJP leaders as “manipulated media,” as well as a video purportedly showing an elderly man being assaulted in Ghaziabad, certain provisions of the IT rules, and the temporary suspension of Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account over an alleged copyright violation and an inaccurate map of India.
Twitter lost its “safe harbour” status, or legal immunity, in India earlier this month due to its inability to comply with the new IT laws, which took effect in February.
It also missed the May 25 deadline established by the regulations for appointing employees to act as point people for law enforcement and grievance resolution, among other things.
Before announcing permanent appointments, Twitter stated it had appointed an interim chief compliance officer and was in the process of establishing a “appropriate local office.”