Twitter has told the Indian government that it will not limit the accounts of journalists, activists and politicians in India, despite orders from the country’s federal government. At the same time, it prevents accounts that do not fall into these categories from being viewed indefinitely by many in the country.
THE Blog Entry The company said Tuesday that while it has withheld some bills that the Indian government wanted to block, others will not block because it violates free speech.
“Because we do not believe that the actions we control are in line with Indian law and we have not taken any action on the new media bills in line with our principles of protected speech and protection of free speech. organizations, journalists, activists and politicians, ”says a Twitter blog post. “We believe that this would violate their fundamental right to freedom of expression under Indian law.”
Twitter’s entry comes amid a struggle with the Indian government, one of the company’s main markets, due to restrictions on accounts on the platform. Earlier this month, the company restricted Indian people from viewing more than 250 branches in the country after receiving an emergency law order from the Indian IT ministry. Among the banned bills were critics of Caravan, an investigative news magazine, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and tweets supporting protests by farmers swirling the country for months.
But Twitter reinstated the bills six hours later, arguing with the Indian government that the bills mean freedom of speech and are remarkable. In response, the government threatened Twitter officials with seven years in prison for violating its order.
The disruption with the Indian government has put Twitter in a difficult position. Disabling the accounts would mean that India’s increasingly authoritarian government will be able to take action against disagreements, freedom of speech and journalism. However, defying the government carries the risk of legal consequences.
In Blog Entry Twitter took action on Tuesday to take further steps, such as banning hashtags containing harmful content from the platform, which the government feared would provoke real violence amid protests, and permanently suspending more than 500 accounts for violating Twitter rules.
But the post also indicates that Twitter is seeking legal redress to restore certain accounts restricted in the country.
“We will continue to support the right to free expression on behalf of the people we serve, and we are actively exploring opportunities under Indian law – both for Twitter and the accounts involved,” Twitter wrote. “We remain committed to keeping the conversation on Twitter healthy, and we firmly believe that tweets should flow.”