The company also said it received a notice of breach of Indian information technology laws in connection with a request to remove content posted by journalists, activists and politicians linked to the handling of the coronavirus by the company. government. The notice also included messages related to protests by farmers angry at new farm laws passed last year.
Under Indian law, Indian Twitter executives face up to seven years in prison and a fine if the company does not follow government orders to remove content it considers subversive or a threat to it. public order and national security.
Government officials could not be reached immediately for comment.
The statement follows a series of moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and his Bharatiya Janata party to curb dissent in the $ 1.4 billion country. This campaign has taken on a new edge as the government is increasingly criticized by the public for its handling of India’s second wave of coronavirus, in which infections and deaths have skyrocketed and some hospitals are at short of beds, extra oxygen and other life necessities.
The Twitter statement came just days after officers from an elite counterterrorism police unit paid an evening visit to the company’s offices in New Delhi, carrying a notice protesting the way the company had tagged a series of posts from senior BJP officials