This whole controversy started with Twitter’s statement. The social media company described Delhi Police’s arrival in his offices in the ‘Toolkit’ investigation case as a ‘trick to intimidate’.
In the Twitter case, the round of allegations and counter-allegations intensified on Thursday. The government strongly condemned the Twitter accusation of intimidation through the police and termed it completely baseless and incorrect. The government said that the company is trying to tarnish India’s image and impose its conditions on the world’s largest democracy.
This whole controversy has started with the statement of Twitter. The social media company described Delhi Police’s arrival in his offices in the ‘Toolkit’ investigation case as a ‘trick to intimidate’. This statement was strongly opposed by both the government and the Delhi Police. The government described it as completely baseless, wrong and tarnishing the image of India, while the Delhi Police termed the company’s statement as beyond truth and intended to obstruct the lawful investigation.
It is noteworthy that Twitter described many tweets of the ruling BJP leaders as ‘twisted facts’ on the alleged strategic document of the opposition party to target the government on measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic. After that the police went to the company’s offices on Monday.
The social media platform said that it is fully committed to India as it is an important market for it. But criticizing the new IT rule and regulation, he said that he was concerned about the potential threat to the freedom of free and open public consultation. The company also expressed concern about the safety of its employees working in India and said that it will continue to work for the principles of transparency and freedom of expression.
A few hours after this, the Delhi Police said in a strong statement that Twitter wants to be both an authority to investigate and give verdict under the guise of terms of service but neither of them has any legal sanction for it. Delhi Police has said that it was investigating the case on the complaint of the Congress party being told that the ‘toolkit’ was fake.
According to the police, she went to his India office of Twitter to ask for cooperation in the investigation as it appears that the social media company may have this information, on the basis of which the media presented by twisting the ‘toolkit’ relaxed me.
Soon after, the Ministry of Electronics and IT issued a statement saying that there has been a centuries-old tradition of freedom of expression and democratic activities in India. The ministry said, “Twitter’s statement is an attempt to impose its conditions on the world’s largest democracy.” Twitter is trying to weaken India’s law and order system by deliberately not following the order. “According to the statement, Twitter has refused to comply with the new digital rules. This includes information about the origin of the objection message and the provision for the appointment of a Grievance Redressal Officer. The American company’s commitment to India not only seems hollow but it seems that it is only concerned with itself.
The ministry also mentioned the concerns raised earlier. He said that parts of Ladakh were shown to be part of China, expressed reluctance to ‘block’ messages in the name of ‘genocide scheme’ during farmers’ protests, fake and harmful material was openly circulated about India. And when the Corona virus has been called an Indian variant, then no action was taken on it either.
The government termed the Twitter statement as unfortunate and condemned it as completely half-hearted, wrong and tarnishing the image of India. “Twitter has a large user base in India, it earns significant revenue from its Indian operations,” the statement said. But when it comes to appointing India-based Grievance Redressal Officer and Mechanism, Chief Compliance Officer and Nodal Officer, she is not prepared for which her own users can complain about any objectionable tweet. ”
The ministry also said that employees of all social media companies including Twitter “are and will always be safe in India” and “there is no threat to their personal safety”.
Earlier, Twitter said in a statement on Thursday that the Delhi Police’s arrival at its offices was a “scare-threatening move”. The social media company also said that it is concerned about the potential threat to the safety of employees and freedom of expression in India. This was his first official statement after the Delhi Police moved to Delhi and Gurugram offices.
It is worth mentioning that on Twitter, many tweets of the ruling BJP leaders on the alleged strategic document of the opposition party to target the government for the measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic were described as ‘twisted facts’. The company also said that it will try to follow the law applicable in India to continue its services in the country. But while doing so, she will also advocate for a change in the elements that come in free, open public discussion in these rules.
The company said that “We will continue constructive dialogue with the Government of India.” We believe in adopting a collaborative approach. It is the collective responsibility of elected officials, industries and civil society to protect matters of public interest. ”The company says that it is criminally accountable to a person (compliance officer) for the content to be put on its platform. Worried about the provision of making. It is also concerned about the right to actively monitor and ask for information about its users.
The company says that all this is not in accordance with the principles of open, democratic systems. The company has said that it will continue to accept complaints from its users and law enforcement agencies through its existing complaint settlement channel. Meanwhile, domestic microblogging platform Koo said on Thursday that it has provided all the information sought by the Ministry of Information Technology with “necessary details”.
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