The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Rajiv Chandrasekhar, said on Thursday that the lack of security on the internet is due to botnets and unregulated use of algorithms, among others.
Chandrasekhar, citing a Reuters report that Disney found fake “essential” users on Twitter in 2016, tweeted that “platforms that ignore their legal due diligence responsibilities and allow for illegal activities and disinformation” were threats to a “safe and reliable internet.”
The minister has been an outspoken critic of social media sites which, according to him, do not adhere to Indian rules and regulations.
A social media post on KOO and Twitter from a minister holds significance as it comes amid a legal battle between Twitter and the central government.
Last month, Twitter contacted the Karnataka High Court, challenging the center’s orders to remove content under new IT rules, saying it was an “abuse of power by officials”. The microblogging site challenged a June 2022 government order that called the ban orders “widespread and arbitrary,” failed to provide notice to the content creator and was disproportionate in several cases.
Sources familiar with the request for a written order on Twitter told PTI that several requests submitted by the government are allegedly related to taking measures against political content published by official bodies affiliated with political parties, and that the firm opinion in withholding this information is a violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed to the citizen. platform users.
On the same day, Chandrasekhar, without giving his name, said that foreign companies can approach the courts, but they are not exempt from local laws.”
“#TuesdayMusing In India, all external online brokers/platforms are entitled to judicial and court review. But equally, all brokers/platforms operating here, have a clear obligation to comply with our laws and rules. #Open #SafeTrusted #Accountable #Internet tweet Minister.”
The central government has been at odds with Twitter over its policy for a long time.
Government officials, including some senior ministers, have publicly promoted the use of local social media applications similar to Twitter, for example Koo – which has seen a massive rise in its users in just a couple of years due to its linguistic properties and slang. . The app now has more than 45 million users, which is growing every day. Some of the most important offices and senior ministers are active users of the application.