In a clear indication that Twitter is standing its ground and has no plans currently to comply with the IT rules that came into play from yesterday, the microblogging site's management today stated that "we will strive to comply with applicable law in India. But, just as we do around the world, we will continue to be strictly guided by principles of transparency, a commitment to empowering every voice on the service, and protecting freedom of expression and privacy under the rule of law."
In an indication that Twitter is preparing to battle it out, a statement attributable to its spokesperson termed the visit by Delhi Police officials at its Delhi office on Tuesday evening as "use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service."
On a day that law and MEITY minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took to Twitter to present the Govt side on the story in the running feud with the platforms categorised as Significant Social Media Intermediary, Twitter went ahead to express concerns over "recent events regarding its employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people it serves."
Realising that the governments rules have faced opposition from mainstream political parties and rights groups, Twitter carefully aligned itself with their stance and said, "alongside many in civil society in India and around the world, have concerns with core elements of the new IT Rules."
Government fully recognises and respects the right of privacy. Ordinary users of WhatsApp have nothing to fear about the new Rules. Its entire objective is to find out who started the message that led to commissioning of specific crimes mentioned in the Rules. pic.twitter.com/VCVYkwiftGRavi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) May 27, 2021
While yesterday the MEITY had issued a notice to all social media intermediaries to file soonest details of how they have complied with the rules, Twitter today responded by saying that it advocates changes.
The deadline for the social media intermediaries lapsed on May 25 as per the rules, which were announced on February 25. Today Twitter said, "We plan to advocate for changes to elements of these regulations that inhibit free, open public conversation."
While the relationship between the government and the US-based tech giant have strained, Twitter today said, "We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government and believe it is critical to adopt a collaborative approach."
In an attempt to build support among its users in India while challenging the government's push for alleged accountability and transparency, Twitter invoked it is the "collective responsibility of elected officials, industry, and civil society to safeguard the interests of the public."
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