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Twitter sues the Indian government for requiring it to remove certain types of content

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For his part, the Indian Minister of Information Technology indicated that work is being done on how to make social networks accountable .

Twitter has sued the Government of India to challenge some of its orders to remove content and several accounts from the social network, further increasing the tension between the US company and New Delhi, reports the local press.

In their lawsuit, filed this Tuesday before the Karnataka State High Court, Twitter holds that the Government abused its power by ordering it to remove arbitrary and disproportionate several tweets, which qualifies as a violation of freedom of expression. In addition, the company claims to have complied with the requirements set forth.

Last June, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned of “serious consequences” for the social network, including criminal action against one of its executives, for failing to comply with local laws and granted a “last chance” to comply with a series of blocking orders, detailed a source become familiar with the case.

Networks social ‘must be held accountable’

Last year, the Government India adopted a law that gives the authorities more powers of supervision in social networks, allowing them to order the removal of material deemed problematic, including alleged misinformation and hate speech. If platforms refuse to comply, they risk losing their safe harbor immunity, meaning that could be sued for what users post.

For his part, the Indian Minister of Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, said that work is being done on how to make the social networks accountable. According to the official, the responsibility of the tech giants has become an urgent issue worldwide, and that should start first with self-regulation, then with the regulation of the industry and then be regulated by the Government.

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