The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Thursday responded to Twitter’s remark expressing concern over the “potential threat to freedom of expression in India and intimidation tactics by the police”.
The government told the social media giant to “stop beating around the bush and comply with the laws of the land”.
The government said it strongly controverts the claims made by Twitter today in its press release. “India has a glorious tradition of free speech and democratic practices dating back centuries.”
Twitter’s remark is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democracy. Through its actions and planned defiance, Twitter seeks to undermine
India’s valid system: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology pic.twitter.com/WyGumYToYv
— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2021
In a fiery remark, the government said, “Twitter’s remark is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democracy. Through its actions and planned defiance, Twitter seeks to undermine India’s valid system.
Earlier all the way through the day, Twitter said it’s going to comply with Indian laws but used to be concerned by “using intimidation tactics by the police”.
“Law making and policy formulations is the sole prerogative of the sovereign and Twitter is just a social media platform and it has no locus standi on dictating what must India’s valid policy framework be,” the government further said.
Reacting strongly to the allegations of threat to freedom of expression in India, the IT ministry said, “the government respects the correct of people to ask questions and also criticise on the social media platforms including on Twitter. Alternatively, the only instance of scuttling free speech on Twitter is by Twitter itself and its opaque policies, because of which people’s accounts are suspended and tweets deleted arbitrarily.”
The government assured representatives of social media companies including Twitter that they are going to all the time remain secure in India and there is not any threat to their personal security and safety.
“We condemn Twitter’s remark as baseless, false and an attempt to defame India to hide their follies.”
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