The speedy spread of Covid-19 pandemic and it’s the worst results in terms of death and infection ratio have left the people of India in a state of shamble. In this regard, Twitter said that it had received a notice of noncompliance with India’s restrictive tech laws, after officials asked the site to remove content critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Under Indian law, Twitter’s India executives could face up to seven years in prison. The company pushed back against India’s efforts to censor speech, criticizing what it called “intimidation tactics” by the police.
It came days after antiterrorism police officers paid an evening visit to the company’s New Delhi offices. They brought a notice criticizing disinformation labels that had been placed on a series of posts by senior officials with the B.J.P., Modi’s political party.
Quotable: “Right now, we are concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve,” the statement read.