Twitter India’s head is expected to appear before Ghaziabad Police about the Ghaziabad elderly man assault case. Manish Maheshwari, Twitter India’s Managing Director, is expected to reach the police station at Loni, which is situated at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border.
Twitter India’s MD was sent a notice by the Ghaziabad police on June 21, the notice directed him to present himself at the Loni police station at 10:30 am on June 24.
The circle officer, Atul Loni, told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the Twitter head did not reach by the expected time but will be attending by the afternoon.
Manish Maheshwari had asked the questioning to be held online, however, he was summoned for physical questioning.
Maheshwari was already dealing with several accusations. One is not following the law of the land.
An FIR was filed on June 15 against journalists Rana Ayyub, Saba Naqvi, and Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani, Shama Mohamed, and Twitter India, Twitter communications, and news website The Wire.
The allegations against the journalists and congress members were that they were spreading misinformation via tweets, which could provoke communal disharmony.
Twitter India was directed to remove the tweets. However, they failed to do so.
The notice to Maheshwari targeted him for failing to comply with the Indian laws, it said, “You couldn’t remove certain tweets even after you were asked to by authorities. You understand Indian laws and are bound to follow them.”
The police had also asked Dharmendra Chatur, Twitter India’s Grievance Officer, to appear for questioning.
This has been reported as the first case of charges against a social media company after the Centre passed new IT rules.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said, “What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news…Twitter has been overenthusiastic about its fact-checking, failure to act in multiple cases like UP… indicates an inconsistency in fighting misinformation.”
How is Twitter defying the new intermediary guidelines?
The social media giant failed to appoint three key executive members as directed by the new IT Act. This led to a series of back and forth between the central government and Twitter India.
Twitter had stated it has compiled with the new intermediary rules by appointing a chief compliance officer.
The New IT rules can hold the social media platform for the content posted by a user of the platform. Failing to comply with the rules would put a social media platform at risk.
Twitter had lost its legal protection in India after failing to comply with the rules. An FIR was launched against the platform for misleading tweets posted on the platform.