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Twitter challenges Indian orders to block content: reports

Twitter is challenging the Indian government’s orders to block content on its social media site in court, local media reported Wednesday

Twitter is challenging the Indian government’s orders to block content on its social media site in court, local media reported Wednesday citing legal documents. 

The suit is the latest showdown between Twitter and Indian authorities, which have been accused of muzzling criticism both on and offline.

The social media giant submitted to the Karnataka state high court that the ministry had failed to prove how some of the content it wanted taken down violated IT rules, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

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Others were accounts operated by the Pakistani government, sparking an angry response from Islamabad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has sought in recent years to have more control over content on social media in India, where Twitter has over 20 million users.

But the US firm reinstated them, angering the government.

New Delhi has accused Twitter of deliberately ignoring new IT rules — which critics fear could be used to silence dissent — that came into force in May 2021.

Just before that, the government ordered Twitter and Facebook to remove dozens of posts critical of Modi’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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