Now fact checker Alt News co-founder receives Twitter notice saying Indian govt seeks action against him
Alt News Co Founder has been informed by Twitter India that it has received a request from Indian law enforcement agencies claiming that a tweet from Zubair's account violated the laws of India
Alt News Co Founder Mohammed Zubair has been informed by Twitter India that the social media giant has received a request from the Indian law enforcement agencies claiming that a tweet from Zubair's account has violated the laws of India.
Here is the tweet the Indian agencies have found objectionable:
Twitter has mentioned in their email to Zubair that they have not taken any action as they believe strongly in defending and respecting voice of their users.
"We have not taken any action on the reported content at this time as a result of this request. As Twitter strongly believes in defending and respecting the voice of our users; it is our policy to notify our users if we receive a legal request from an authorized entity (such as law enforcement or a government agency to remove content from their account," reads the email.
Twitter suggested that the fact checking website may seek legal counsel and challenge the government’s request in court, contact civil society organisations for finding a resolution or voluntarily delete the content.
Wow! How is this Fact check video violating law of India? @TwitterIndia @TwitterSupport @rsprasad Is Indian Govt allergic to Facts?, wrote Zubair on Twitter as he shared the email.
Earlier on June 5, Twitter informed popular political cartoonist Manjul that it has received a legal request from Indian law enforcement to take action against his social media profile
A new set of rules were issued on February 25 to regulate social media companies, streaming and digital news content. The new rules virtually bring these platforms, for the first time, under the ambit of government supervision.
Among other things, the “Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021” regulations require these platforms to appoint chief compliance officers, in order to make sure the rules are followed, nodal officers, to coordinate with law enforcement agencies, and grievance officers. It also requires social media platforms with over 50 lakh users to help in identifying the “originator” of messages upon the government’s request.