Twitter sues the Indian Government for asking them to take down content

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While we know what’s going on with Twitter in the US, with the company’s continued battle with Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. But according to reports from media agency Reuters, Twitter has sued the Indian Government over its orders to take down content.

There has now long been some tension that is brewing between India and the social media giants. As per sources close to this case, a lawsuit was filed today in the Karnataka High Court. This lawsuit says that the government and top-ranked officials have used their power to bully the company into removing content in the form of tweets, from the platform.

For the past year and a half, the relationship between Twitter and the Central Government has been very sour. It is said that the government put extra pressure on Twitter to act on some particular type of content. This content was ranging from accounts tweeting about having a different Sikh state to the plight of the farmers in the Farmer’s Protest as well as how efficiently was the pandemic handled by Indian Authorities.

This content was ranging from accounts tweeting about having a different Sikh state to the plight of the farmers in the Farmer’s Protest

A lot of users on Twitter also have stinging criticism for the policies that our government has introduced as well as for the Prime Minister of the country. According to, The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Twitter has repeatedly failed to act on the content take-down notices sent to them. They further also added that the last warning notice was sent on 27th June. 

The company has already complied with the government over a few matters but is still contesting some of them as certain rules don’t make sense to them. This makes Twitter unable to contest any takedown orders. The new IT rules which came into practice last year give the government the right to block public access to some content that can be detrimental to the security of the nation. 

If you try to access the tweets that have been removed by Twitter according to our IT act, then you will see a message flashing on your screen which says, “withheld in India in response to a legal demand.” The relationship further took an ugly turn when last year Twitter put the tag of ‘manipulated media’ in front of BJP Spokesperson, Sambit Patra’s tweet.

It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit affects Twitter’s share and its selling position in the Elon Musk deal. 

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