Police Summon Twitter's India Head Over Assault Video
Daniyal Sohail 1 month ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 03:16 PM
Indian police have summoned Twitter's top local executive over a viral video on the site of a Muslim man being assaulted, with authorities accusing the US social media giant of stoking sectarian tensions
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :Indian police have summoned Twitter's top local executive over a viral video on the site of a Muslim man being assaulted, with authorities accusing the US social media giant of stoking sectarian tensions.
The platform "let content go viral that promoted enmity between various communities in the state and country", Uttar Pradesh police said in the notice, seen by AFP.
Twitter declined to comment and the video was still available on the site Friday.
The US company later accused authorities of "intimidation".
The preliminary charges include promoting enmity among communities, being party to a "criminal conspiracy" and spreading fake news.
Reporters Without Borders, echoing local rights groups, called on police to withdraw the "absurd" case, calling it "judicial harassment".
These rules demand that firms give details about the "first originator" of posts deemed to undermine India's sovereignty, state security or public order.
The tech companies also have to appoint a chief compliance officer for the rules and a "grievance redressal officer", both based in India.
Twitter on Wednesday insisted it was "making every effort to comply with the new guidelines" and was in close touch with the government.
WhatsApp is challenging the new rules in court. It fears it will be forced to break encryption, a cornerstone of its service that prevents anyone other than the sender and receiver from reading messages.