On the blocking orders being given by the central government, Twitter says that if it continues, then its entire business will be closed. His lawyer said this during the hearing of his petition in the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday. The High Court has directed him to give the complete list of such orders given by the government in a sealed cover.
In the latest hearing of Twitter’s petition against the orders of the Central Government, Twitter’s lawyer said that the government has not even told why it wants to block certain accounts. As per IT Rules 2009, it is necessary to state the reason. Twitter itself will have to tell these account users why their accounts are being closed. His accountability does not end with the users.
Twitter itself will have to tell these account users why their accounts are being closed.
His accountability does not end with the users.
Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnav said any company, in any sector, should abide by India’s laws. “This is the responsibility of everyone to abide by the laws passed by the Parliament,”
in-camera hearing request
The Central Government requested the High Court that the court proceedings should be held in camera. This will not make the hearing public and the parties who are not related to the case will not be allowed to attend the hearing. The High Court said to consider this request.
Twitter said in the petition that, since February 2, 2021, the government asked for a total of 1,474 accounts and 175 tweets to be taken down. These orders, the company added, were sent Section 69(A) of the IT Act, which allows the Centre to restrict access to content that poses a threat to public order or in the interest of national security, sovereignty, and integrity of the country.
The social media firm said that –
while it complied with most of the requests, it was challenging the order to block 34 accounts and five posts. The list of accounts — mostly belonging to identifiable public figures — has been submitted to the court in a sealed envelope, people aware of the matter said, asking not to be named.