Twitter Expresses Concern on Freedom of Expression and Intimidation Tactics

Twitter today raised a point to Government due to the clash that arise on new digital rules over the “Congress toolkit” row and marked out concern over “the potential threat to freedom of expression” and “the use of intimidation tactics by the police”. 

Twitter strongly said that while it will “strive to comply with applicable law”, it planned to ask for changes in the rules “that inhibit free, open conversation”.

Twitter’s spokesperson said, we will continue to be strictly following the principles of transparency, a commitment to empowering every voice on the service, and protecting freedom of expression and privacy under the rule of law.

Twitter said they are having concerned regarding their employees in India at this moment. Also, they have concerns with regards to core elements of the new IT Rules and are planning to prescribe changes to these regulations that inhibit free, open public conversation. In their words: “We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government and believe it is critical to adopt a collaborative approach. It is the collective responsibility of elected officials, industry, and civil society to safeguard the interests of the public.”

The government asked Twitter to take off the tag. The Delhi Police visited Twitter India’s offices in Delhi and Gurgaon on Monday evening asking for an explanation.

Whatsapp has sued the government, saying the rules are unconstitutional and violate user privacy.

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