Twitter '' withholds ' 35 tweets after legal demand from India


New Delhi: Twitter has actually “withheld” about 35 tweets following a legal demand from the Indian federal government, according to details on the Lumen database.

Twitter received a legal request from the Indian government on June 21 for action against 37 tweets, a document on Lumen database revealed.

Provided that the tweets have actually been withheld, the content might not be individually validated.

Upon clicking the obstructed URLs listed on the Lumen database, a message saying the tweet has actually been “kept in IN in reaction to a legal demand” is shown for 35 tweets.

Two links showed the message “This Tweet is not available”.

Lumen database is an independent research study task studying stop and desist letters concerning online material, and demands gotten by Twitter for keeping material are published on its website.

When contacted, a Twitter spokesperson said: “As described in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain material in action to a valid legal need or when the material has been found to break local law(s).”

The representative noted that the withholdings are restricted to the specific jurisdiction/country where the content is identified to be illegal.

The account holder is informed straight– by sending out a message to the e-mail address connected with the account(s), if readily available– so that the user knows that Twitter has actually received a legal order relating to the account.

“The legal requests that we get are detailed in the bianual Twitter Openness Report, and demands to keep content are released on Lumen,” the representative added.

Twitter had limited 50 tweets recently after a legal demand dated June 17.

The US-based company has remained in the eye of a storm over failure to comply with the new IT guidelines in India, which mandates, among other requirements, the visit of 3 key workers– primary compliance officer, nodal officer and grievance officer by social media platforms with over 50 lakh users. All the 3 workers have to be resident in India.

While the rules came into result on Might 26, Twitter is yet to stick to the social media guidelines, despite repeated pointers from the government.

Twitter on Friday briefly blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from accessing his account over an alleged copyright infraction, ratcheting up tensions with the federal government as it came under renewed attack for not following regional laws.

The federal government had earlier knocked Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the IT rules, which has caused the United States huge losing its legal shield as an ‘intermediary’ in India and ending up being liable for users publishing any illegal content.

Twitter has a projected 1.75 crore users in India, based on data cited by the government just recently.

Published at Sat, 26 Jun 2021 05:28:59 +0000