There is a rift between Twitter and the government over the new guidelines made on social media. A response has been given to the statement of Twitter in strong words from the central government. The government has said that Twitter will have to follow the rules made by the IT ministry.
It has been said by the government,
“Twitter needs to stop talking here and there and obey India’s rules. Making laws and policies is the exclusive right of a country and Twitter is just a social media platform. therefore, what should be India’s legal policies, it should not be interfered with. Twitter’s statement is like trying to impose its conditions on the world’s largest democracy. Twitter is trying to weaken India’s legal system. “
Twitter had issued a statement saying that it will not follow the guidelines that the Government of India has prepared to stop criminal activities. The government has termed the allegations of Twitter as false and baseless and termed it a conspiracy to defame India.
Press Release by Ministry of Electronics and IT in response to the statements made by Twitter Inc.
Explain that the action of the Delhi Police at its office was described as a ‘scare-bullying’ strategy to Twitter. On this, it has been said by the IT Ministry that the representatives of all social media companies including Twitter in India are safe and will remain and there is no threat to their personal safety.
The government responded to Twitter saying that “Twitter is refusing to follow the same regulations on the basis of which they get protection from criminal responsibility.”
In a statement issued by the IT Ministry,
“The biggest question is if Twitter is really committed, then why has it not prepared such a mechanism in India so far? The representatives of Twitter in India continue to make claims.” That there is no authority here, so they and Indian users have to contact the US-based Twitter headquarters for everything. The alleged commitment of Twitter to Indian users is not only hollow but also self-evident. “
The government said that Twitter has a large userbase in India and it also gets good revenue from here, despite this, Twitter is not ready to appoint a nodal officer or complaint officer in India from whom Indian users can complain if needed.
It has also been said by the government that the rules are neither arbitrary nor made overnight. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he respects the right of people to ask questions and the right to privacy.