Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari has been granted temporary protection from arrest by Uttar Pradesh Police by order of the Karnataka High Court, and does not have to travel to that state for questioning in connection with a case about tweets about the assault of a Muslim man in Ghaziabad.
UP Police FIR against Twitter, journalists and Congress leaders for tweets on Ghaziabad Muslim man’s assault
Ghaziabad Police in Uttar Pradesh has registered a case against Twitter, Congress leaders Dr Shama Mohammed, Salman Nizami, and Maskoor Usmani, journalists Mohammed Zubair, Rana Ayyub and media outlet The Wire and writer Saba Naqvi over tweets in connection with the assault of an elderly Muslin man.
Last week IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar released the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 at a press conference in New Delhi. Although the government had raised the issue in 2018, work on issuing the new rules for social media and OTT platforms gained acceleration after the spat between IT ministry and Twitter over removal of certain accounts affiliated with farm protests to which Twitter disagreed.
Twitter India on Monday has withheld access to multiple accounts on the microblogging website including The Caravan Magazine and Kisan Ekta Morcha in response to unspecified '"legal demands."
“Twitter is still not doing enough to tackle the deluge of abuse women face on the platform. Our analysis shows that despite some progress, Twitter is not doing enough to protect women users, leading many women to silence or censor themselves on the platform,” said Rasha Abdul Rahim, Co-Director of Amnesty Tech.