In a blog post, the social media giant said it won’t block the accounts of politicians, journalists, and activists in India, after receiving orders to do so from the Modi government. “We have not taken any action on accounts that consist of news media entities, journalists, activists, and politicians,” Twitter Safety wrote. “To do so, we believe, would violate their fundamental right to free expression under Indian law.”
How, Twitter restricted or in some cases permanently suspended 500 accounts that were part of the initial blocking orders from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Some accounts were blocked in India only, but can still be accessed outside the country.
“Because we do not believe that the actions we have been directed to take are consistent with Indian law, and, in keeping with our principles of defending protected speech and freedom of expression, we have not taken any action on accounts that consist of news media entities, journalists, activists, and politicians. To do so, we believe, would violate their fundamental right to free expression under Indian law” – this was a tweet.
Twitter said that is “actively exploring options under Indian law” on behalf of itself and some of the accounts it was forced to restrict. “We will continue to advocate for the right of free expression on behalf of the people we serve,” it said.