What Happened: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state for electronics and information technology in the Narendra Modi-led government, told Reuters on Friday that India’s new IT rules would be out in days and “our rules and laws for intermediaries remain the same regardless of who owns the platforms.”
“So, the expectation of compliance with Indian laws and rules remains,” Chandrasekhar said.
Twitter has, on and off, been in a tussle with the Indian government over various issues. Earlier, India had accused the social media giant of dominating and maligning the democratic country to conceal its wrongdoings. In exchange, Twitter accused Indian officials of unduly threatening the company in a bid to toe the government’s line.
Last year, in May, following a spat between Twitter and the Indian government, the Delhi Police, which the central government controls, raided Twitter’s New Delhi premises to deliver an inquiry notice regarding the social media company’s labeling of posts “manipulated media” by the ruling party members.
In July, Twitter also asked an Indian court to overturn some government orders to remove content from the platform.
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