Govt. asks Twitter to help track accounts

“The Twitter representatives claimed that there may be anonymous accounts criticising the government’s policies and if identity trails are provided to the police or government agencies then it defeats the purpose of freedom of expression. We told them that if someone is verbally abused on the road, action is taken against that person under criminal laws, why should it be different in the virtual world,” the official said. Twitter officials were presented with instances where it took longer time to take down content and accounts that propagated communal violence.

“One such instance was when Delhi Police asked Twitter to take action against an account that was posting objectionable content against a particular community and called for its extermination,” said the official.

In a statement issued on Monday, Home Ministry said Twitter had complied with the requests of the law enforcement agencies in taking down objectionable or hateful content only in 60% cases. It said strict legal provisions will need to be invoked in case the social media platform did not comply with the request of the authorities to promptly remove objectionable content.

When contacted a Twitter spokesperson said, “As a global company, Twitter exercises due diligence to respect with local laws in jurisdictions around the world, and duly reviews all legal process.”


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