Teams from the Delhi Police Special Cell visited Twitter’s Delhi-NCR offices earlier this week. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the offices were closed. Twitter described it in its statement as a “intimidation” tactic by the Delhi police and expressed “concern” about the safety of its employees in India.
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– Manish Maheshwari (@manishm) 1622203450000
Later that day that Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeiTY) described the statements from Twitter as completely unfounded and as an attempt to defame the country.
In addition, the Delhi police told the media that Maheshwari was not cooperating with the investigation and was instead “taking a route of evasive maneuvers”.
“His recent statements are intended to arouse dubious sympathy when they not only refuse to comply with the country’s law but also claim possession of material evidence but refuse to share it with properly recognized legal authorities,” Delhi police said.
The government fiercely said on Twitter that it is not Twitter’s responsibility to protect freedom of expression in India. It warned Twitter that it needs to stop talking around the bush and comply with 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.
The ministry also said that while it is a major social media company (with 1.75 crore registered users) in India, “Twitter representatives in India routinely claim that they have no authority and that they and the Indian people have to escalate everything to the Twitter headquarters ”. in the USA.”