Twitter is now in line with new Indian rules governing IT companies, government lawyers told a court in New Delhi. The movement, he reported TechCrunch, could end a months-long battle between the government there and the messaging platform. This led to the company hiring a domestic compliance officer and an executive director who can deal with complaints from the authorities. The new rules are generally designed so that social media platforms delete content that officials consider illegal within 36 hours of reporting and assist in any subsequent police investigations.
India-Twitter relations have been strained for most of this year, following Twitter refused to block critics of Modi’s government. In April, the government threatened to imprison Twitter employees if they did not remove so-called incendiary content around the so-called Farmer’s Protests. Shortly thereafter, India managed to force the company to suppress tweets criticizing the company’s response to Covid-19 pandemic.
Things got worse in May when, he reportedly The New York Times, a spokesman for the ruling Indian party, Bharatiya Janata (BJP), posted a picture on Twitter that is believed to have leaked a document from the (rival party) of the Indian National Congress. This picture, which showed the plan of the opposition leaders to destabilize the government, was widely retweeted by the main politicians. Of course, the picture was fake, and Twitter added a tag to the original tweet that contained “manipulated media”.
In June, India threatened Twitter loss of legal immunity (similar to Section 230 in the U.S.) from liability for content posted by its users. In July, those protections were finally withdrawn and Indian officials were quick to file lawsuits – in one example, targeting Indian Twitter boss Manish Maheswari, for publishing a map showing the disputed territory of Kashmir as a separate state.
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