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India's top court tackles social media in free speech case

India's top court tackles social media in free speech case


India’s top court on Friday (Feb 12) asked for the government and Twitter’s response to a petition seeking greater regulation
of content on social media platforms amid a debate over free speech.


The case comes during a growing standoff between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government and Twitter,

after the company refused to fully comply with orders to remove certain accounts that were critical of the government's

handling of months long farmer protests.


Twitter said on Wednesday it won’t suspend accounts of news organisations, journalists, activists and politicians, citing its

“principles of defending protected speech and freedom of expression.”


But Twitter did suspend hundreds of accounts only in India after the government identified those it says have been spreading

misinformation and provocative content linked to farmers who are protesting agricultural laws since November on
the outskirts of New Delhi.


The petition was filed by Vinit Goenka, a member of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. His attorney told the court that

there were hundreds of fake Twitter handles and Facebook accounts in the name of eminent people and dignitaries that were

being used to tarnish the image of the Indian government.


Critics have accused the Modi government of using the massive demonstrations to escalate a crackdown on free speech and
silence opponents.


The Supreme Court is expected to rule after getting responses from the government and Twitter.



The petition comes in the backdrop of the government's drive to further regulate online content. The New Delhi Television
news channel said the government has drawn up draft rules to regulate social media, streaming and digital news content,
which will include a code of ethics and a mechanism to report inappropriate content and ask for its removal.
The proposed rules haven’t been made public.

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