Twitter ‘concerned’ over potential threat to freedom of expression in India

Twitter ‘concerned’ over potential threat to freedom of expression in India Twitter MD Manish Maheshwari was served legal notice by UP Police on June 17, 2021. (Photo Credit: Pexels)

New Delhi: Twitter expressed their concern over the use of intimidation tactics by the police on Thursday after it pushed out manipulated media tag to tweets by spokesperson of ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and added that it is very much concerned about the potential threat to freedom of expression and for their employees in India.

The American microblogging and social networking body also said it will be striving to comply with India’s applicable law to keep its service available in the nation. Twitter further added that it plans to advocate for changes to elements of IT rules that inhibit open and free public conversation.

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“Right now, we are concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve,” the spokesperson said

“We, alongside many in civil society in India and around the world, have concerns with regards to the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service, as well as with core elements of the new IT Rules,” the spokesperson added.

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The microblogging website also said it will carry on its strict guidelines by principles of transparency, a commitment to empowering every voice on the service, and protecting freedom of expression and privacy abiding the law.

On Monday, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had sent an official notice to Twitter India in connection with the probe into a complaint about the alleged “COVID toolkit”, asking it to share information based on which it had classified a related tweet by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulated media”.

Two police teams also descended on the microblogging site’s offices in Lado Sarai in Delhi and in Gurugram on the evening of May 24.

(With PTI Inputs)

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