Twitter officials under the hanging sword of arrest, the government is getting patience less.
The central government has clearly stated on Twitter that it has to censor the accounts it has been assigned. Failure to do so can lead to arrest of its top officials in India.
Twitter vs Govt of India: The Government of India has made it clear that if Twitter does not block all the accounts in its given list then it may face strict action.
The Government of India submitted a list of a total of 1,435 accounts to Twitter.
Centre:The 'inflammatory' and 'offensive' tweets were made from these handles
Twitter blocked some, left the rest like this, released statement
Center has made it clear, have to block the accounts, no more patience left
Twitter replied thia on the order of deletion of 1178 accounts of Government of India
The central government has clearly stated on Twitter that it has to censor the accounts it has been assigned. Failure to do so can lead to arrest of its top officials in India. The government said that there can be no discussion on 'inflammatory content', especially those accounts that were tweeted with hashtags that massacre the farmers. The government said that the company's refusal to comply with the order under Section 69A of the IT Act has led to loss of patience.
The US micro-blogging company partially implemented the government order. Nearly half of the accounts listed by the government have been blocked. Given the stance taken by the Indian government, Twitter may have to knock the doors of the courts. The company said in a blog post that it will protect the "right of expression for the people we serve".
IT Secretary told a lot compared to Capitol Hill
On Wednesday, Union IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sahni and Twitter officials - Monique Meshe and Jim Baker - had a virtual meeting. Sahni made it clear that the use of the disputed hashtag was neither a journalistic freedom, nor a freedom of expression because such 'non-responsible content can provoke' the situation 'and make it more serious'. Sahni also expressed unhappiness over the fact that Twitter is taking a different approach in relation to the events in Capitol Hill and Red Fort.
Twitter will have to accept the order immediately
A source associated with the government said, "Twitter has to follow orders. It is not a matter of conversation. It is the law of the country and if anyone has trouble with our action, you are free to take legal steps." The Center feels that Twitter should immediately take its orders. "If they do so hesitantly or unwillingly or it takes 10-12 days to obey the order then it cannot be called compliance," the source said.
Government upset with Twitter blog post
Earlier, Twitter said in a blog post that it 'has not taken action on the accounts of news media institutions, journalists, activists and leaders'. The company said that 'We feel that doing so would violate the fundamental right of expression given to them under Indian law'.
After this, the Center rejected the application meeting with IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and expressed displeasure over the release of the statement. The IT ministry on the Koo app said, "At Twitter's request, Secretary Sahni was about to discuss the senior management of Twitter. It is strange to publish a blog post before this meeting."
The government asked to block 257 handles tweeting with the hashtag #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide. Twitter has blocked only 126 of these. After this, the government sent another list of 1,178 accounts. The government suspected that these accounts had contact with Khalistani and Pakistani elements. The company has blocked a total of 583 of these.