“The government condemns Twitter’s unfortunate testimony as completely unfounded, false and an attempt to defame India in order to hide its own follies,” MeiTY said in a statement.
After the Delhi Police Special Cell’s recent visit to the offices of Twitter India In the Delhi-NCR region, the company said it was concerned about the safety of its employees in India. “We have concerns, along with many in civil society in India and around the world, about the police’s use of intimidation tactics in response to enforcement of our global terms of service,” a Twitter official said.
To which the ministry replied in its statement: “The government is keen to ensure that representatives of social media companies, including Twitter, are and will remain safe in India and that their personal safety is not at risk.”
Twitter is just a social media platform and cannot dictate terms and conditions to India
The government said it was not Twitter’s responsibility to protect freedom of expression in India.
“Protecting freedom of expression in India is not just the prerogative of a private, for-profit foreign entity like Twitter, but the commitment of the world’s largest democracy and its robust institutions. Twitter’s declaration is an attempt to dictate the terms of the world’s largest democracy. Through its actions and deliberate defiance, Twitter is trying to undermine the Indian legal system, “the government said.
The government officially announced in February 2021 that Twitter has 1.75 million users in India, making it a “major social media intermediary” under the new intermediary guidelines and the 2021 Digital Media Code of Ethics. Every social media platform with over 50 lakh registered users is considered a “major social media agent”
The ministry also said that while Twitter representatives in India are a major social media company in India, they routinely claim that they have no authority and that they and the people of India are all escalating to the US Twitter headquarters have to.
“Twitter has a large user base in India, generates significant revenue from its Indian operations, but is also the least willing to appoint an India-based Complaints Officer and Mechanism, Chief Compliance Officer and Nodal Officer to include its own users can complain. when exposed to offensive tweets. Twitter’s alleged commitment to its Indian user base therefore not only sounds hollow, but utterly selfish, ”he added.
The government challenged Twitter’s commitment to Indian users by highlighting:
- Twitter decided to show the geographical location of certain locations in the Union Ladakh area as part of the People’s Republic of China when India and China sought a peaceful solution to border-related problems in bilateral dialogue. It took Twitter several days, again after repeated reminders, to correct this apparent disregard for the sensitivity and territorial integrity of India.
- Twitter opted for Suo-Moto action against those users who viewed it as a violent perpetrator on Capitol Hill in the United States. However, just days after the illegal incidents at the Red Fort in Delhi, Twitter immediately refused to respond to Twitter’s legitimate request Indian government Block content intended to incite violence under the pretext of a fake genocidal plot. She later decided to do so partially when the damage was done.
- Twitter’s lack of responsibility has resulted in widespread dissemination of fake and harmful content against India and Indians. Encouraging vaccine hesitation has been widespread through the use of the Twitter platform, and yet Twitter has taken no action.
- Discriminatory behavior was practiced against Indians and people of Indian origin because the B.1.617 mutant was maliciously referred to as the “Indian variant” despite strict WHO guidelines. Again, Twitter has taken no action against such fake narratives and tweets, claiming to serve the people of India.
The government told Twitter it needs to stop messing around the bush and obey the country’s laws. “Legislation and policy formulation are the sole prerogative of the sovereign and Twitter is just a social media platform and there is nowhere to determine what India’s legal framework should look like,” the IT ministry said in its statement.