According to reports, Twitter has “withheld” 50 posts linked to a communally sensitive video footage of an elderly Muslim man in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on the site.
According to the Lumen database, on June 17, Twitter got a legal request from the Indian government to act on 50 tweets.
The content of these tweets has been hidden because it could not be independently confirmed.
When you click on one of the banned URLs in the Lumen database, you’ll get a notice that says the tweet was “withheld in India in response to a court process.”
These tweets, according to sources, included content connected to the video clip in question.
“As described in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to restrict access to specific information in response to a valid legal demand or where the content has been determined to contravene local law(s),” a Twitter spokesman said when contacted.
The withholdings, according to the spokesman, are restricted to the jurisdiction/country where the content is judged to be unlawful.
The account holder is told directly – by sending an e-mail to the account(sassociated )’s e-mail address, if accessible – that Twitter has received a judicial order related to the account.
The Lumen database, an independent research initiative that studies cease and desist letters concerning internet material, publishes requests for withholding content received by Twitter.
An FIR has been filed against Twitter and six persons in Ghaziabad for distributing a video purporting to show an elderly Muslim man being assaulted and told to sing “Jai Shri Ram.” According to police, this was done in order to stir up racial tensions.
The Ghaziabad police have issued a notice to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari, requesting that he participate in the investigation.
Twitter has been chastised for failing to completely comply with the new IT regulations, which require social media sites with more than 50 lakh users to employ three essential personnel: a chief compliance officer, a nodal officer, and a grievance officer. All three members of the team must be based in India.
Despite numerous reminders from the government, Twitter has yet to comply with the social media restrictions, which went into force on May 26.
Last week, the government chastised Twitter for disobedience and failing to follow IT regulations, resulting in the US company losing its intermediate status in India and being responsible for anyone uploading any illegal information.
Twitter and the government have clashed on many occasions in recent months, notably during the farmers’ protest and subsequently when the microblogging site labelled political tweets by several officials of the governing party BJP as “manipulated media,” prompting a harsh reprimand from the government.
According to figures given by the government lately, Twitter has an estimated 1.75 crore users in India. Following Indian government demands, Twitter suspended the accounts of Punjabi rapper JazzyB, Sydney-based hip-hop musician L-Fresh the Lion, and two others earlier this month.
More than 500 accounts in India were terminated earlier this year, and access to hundreds more was restricted, after the government ordered the microblogging site to stop the dissemination of disinformation and inflammatory content connected to farmer demonstrations.