Twitter India MD Questioned Over Congress ‘Toolkit’ Case: Report

Twitter India MD Questioned Over Congress ‘Toolkit’ Case: Report Twitter Removes distorted map from its site on June 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: A senior-level team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell interrogated Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari in Bengaluru over the Congress ‘toolkit’ case matter on May 31, ANI sources said on Thursday. 

The Delhi Police had previously sent a notice to Twitter, seeking an explanation from the microblogging platform to explain the rationale and share all the information on how it described the toolkit as manipulated media.

On Wednesday, ANI sources had revealed that Twitter lost its status as an intermediary platform in India due to non-compliance with India’s new IT rules. 

Twitter is the only social media platform among all the other top mainstream portals that have not adhered to the Centre’s new IT laws.

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On May 24, the police had also visited the Twitter India offices in Lado Sarai, Delhi, and Gurgaon with the notice over the tagging some of the posts on an alleged Congress “toolkit” against the Central government, as “manipulated media”. 

Earlier, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had written to Twitter objecting to it tagging some of the posts on an alleged Congress “toolkit” against the Central government, as “manipulated media”. 

It asked Twitter to remove the tag as the matter is pending investigation before a law enforcement agency.

According to the ANI sources, instead of being considered just a platform hosting content from various users, Twitter will now be held directly editorially responsible for posts published on its platform.

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This development implies that if there is any charge against Twitter for alleged unlawful content it would be treated as a publisher – not an intermediary – and be liable for punishment under any law, including IT Act, as also the penal laws of the country, sources stated. 

Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had on June 5 said that it had given Twitter one last notice to comply with the new rules concerning social media companies. The ministry said in the letter that the New Intermediary Guideline Rules have become effective from May 26.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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