December 6, 2022

Follow law or leave, Andhra Pradesh High Court tells Twitter | India News – Times of India

VIJAYAWADA: Follow Indian law or pack your bags, the Andhra Pradesh HC told Twitter on Monday as it pulled up the social media giant for not complying with its orders to take down abusive content against the judiciary on the popular platform.
“This is a clear case of contempt. We may also initiate criminal proceedings against Twitter going by the recent judgment against Google where an FIR has been registered,” the HC said before announcing February 7 as the next date of hearing.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy said Twitter must explain why ‘cease and desist’ orders shouldn’t be given against it before the next hearing. The court said Twitter cannot play hide-and-seek with Indian law and should mend its ways if it wants to continue its operations in the country.
The HC took note of the CBI‘s submissions on abusive content. Appearing for CBI, assistant solicitor general SV Raju said such posts are still visible on Twitter, despite the court’s categorical directions to take them down.
“Twitter has removed content from the handles of those who declared their nationality as Indian. The abusive content is still available on the handles of those who, despite being residents of India, declare their nationality as that of some foreign country,” Raju said. This has been the case only with Twitter, not with others like YouTube or Facebook, he said.
Twitter’s counsel Saransh Jain, standing in for senior counsel Arvind Datar, responded that the technology has been designed to work that way and it applies to all social media platforms. But YouTube’s senior counsel Sajan Poovayya countered that the video-streaming platform has taken down all contentious URLs given by the CBI.

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