© Stocksak. FILE PHOTO – The Twitter App loads on an iPhone as shown in this illustration taken in Los Angeles, California (USA), July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File photo
By Krishna N. Das
NEW DELHI (Stocksak), India’s expectation that Twitter will comply with its rules for such companies will not be affected by Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, a minister from the government told Stocksak Friday. He also said that India’s new IT rules will be available in days.
In July, Twitter asked an Indian court for an order to reverse some government orders to delete content from its platform.
Indian authorities have asked the company for action over content in the last two years. These included accounts that were supportive of an independent Sikh State, posts that spread misinformation regarding protests by farmers, as well as tweets criticizing government handling of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Our rules and laws for intermediaries remain the same regardless of who owns the platforms,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s minister of state for electronics and information technology. “So, we expect compliance with Indian laws.
Asked about what the government thought about the ban on Twitter for individuals such as Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, Chandrasekhar did not answer directly but said India’s new amended IT rules would be released on Friday or Saturday after months of consultation.
Ranaut, who was banned by Twitter last year for violating its rules against hate conduct and abusive behaviour, took the opportunity to use Instagram on Friday to praise articles about Musk’s takeover.
Ranaut, a staunch supporter for Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi also shared requests from users to Musk to reinstate her Twitter account.