LUCKNOW: Police in India have summoned Twitter’s prime official within the nation to reply allegations that the U.S. agency didn’t cease the unfold of a video that allegedly incited “hate and enmity” between Hindu and Muslim communities.
An official police discover, seen by Reuters, confirmed a case had been registered in Ghaziabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state over a video of some males, apparently Hindu, beating an aged man believed to be a Muslim and slicing his beard.
The police report names Twitter Inc, its native unit and 7 others for his or her alleged roles in disseminating a video that was deemed insulting to non secular beliefs and inflicting public mischief in a state with a protracted, bloody historical past of communal violence.
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The controversy comes simply as India’s federal authorities is locking horns with Twitter over non-compliance with new IT guidelines, which have raised doubts whether or not the platform would proceed to get pleasure from safety towards authorized legal responsibility for user-generated content material. The brand new guidelines turned efficient in late Could.
In a discover dated Thursday, Ghaziabad police wrote to Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari to look earlier than officers inside seven days of the receipt of the summons.
“Some people used their Twitter handles to spread hatred and enmity in the society and Twitter did not take cognisance,” mentioned the discover, which was reviewed by Reuters.
“Writings and works which promoted enmity and affected harmony between different communities in the country and the state were encouraged and such anti-society messages were allowed to go viral.”
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Twitter declined to remark, and Maheshwari didn’t reply to a request for remark.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Twitter this week for the Ghaziabad incident, saying its failure to behave was “perplexing.”