Twitter Calls on Indian Government to Respect Free Speech
Twitter pushed back on Thursday against India’s increasingly heavy-handed efforts to control online speech, calling on the government to respect freedom of expression and criticizing what it called “intimidation tactics” by the country’s police.
The statement comes as the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces mounting pressure for its handling of a devastating second wave of the coronavirus. Many of those complaints have been aired on Twitter and elsewhere online.
The government has moved to reclaim the narrative by quashing free speech online. On Thursday, Twitter said it had received a notice of noncompliance with India’s information technology laws. The notice asked the company to remove content critical of the government’s handling of the coronavirus and about farmers’ protests, including some posted by journalists, activists and politicians….