Twitter India: Twitter India has suffered a major setback. The Karnataka High Court on Friday dismissed Twitter’s petition against the central government. Twitter had filed the petition against the Centre’s orders to block certain social media accounts and tweets. Justice Krishna S Dixit told Twitter to follow the orders of the government. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on Twitter.
Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said the court has upheld the government’s stand on the matter and said the law of the land should be followed.
The petition filed by Twitter Inc, challenging the blocking orders issued to it by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act has been dismissed by the High Court of Karnataka. pic.twitter.com/yULAx2LTzf
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The government had given orders to block
The central government had asked Twitter to block several social media accounts and tweets between February 2021 and February 2022. Of these, Twitter challenged 39 blocking orders. In 2022, Twitter approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the Centre’s order to remove content from its platform under the new Information Technology (IT) rules.
During the hearing of the petition in 2022, Twitter told the High Court that the order issued by the Center to block an account should also state its reasons. Claimed that the government orders violate Section 69A of the IT Act 2000.
The central government kept this argument in the court
Meanwhile, the Center had told the High Court that Twitter has not been following orders for several years. The accounts were asked to be blocked in the national interest. So that mob violence can be stopped. The government said that around 50 meetings took place between the government and Twitter representatives before the blocking order was issued. The Center had also told the court that Twitter had a clear intention of not complying with the laws of the country.
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