The BJP’s IT division head Amit Malviya got here down closely on former Twitter chief govt officer Jack Dorsey, saying the social media firm was in violation of legal guidelines between 2020-2022 when he was on the helm of affairs.
Malviya’s counter offensive by means of a Twitter put up after Dorsey claimed the Indian authorities threatened raids on staff and shutdown if the corporate didn’t take down posts crucial of the federal government in the course of the farmers protest towards three new legal guidelines in 2020 and 2021.
Malviya mentioned that Underneath Dorsey the agency had turned “rogue, disregarding legal guidelines of the sovereigns they operated in, muzzling freedom of speech (shadow banning ideologically differing voices) and in lots of instances selling secessionist voices and people who have been working to exacerbate social fault strains, together with a number of Twitter staff (Dorsey himself is responsible of it)…”
He mentioned ‘Twitter Information’, launched after Elon Musk removed “poisonous individuals” in Twitter, is an affidavit.
“It may possibly’t be the case that Twitter was at all times in the precise and each different authorities, together with their very own, within the US, was fallacious,” mentioned Malviya.
He mentioned Twitter was in violation of India legal guidelines for an prolonged interval (between 2020-2022).
“However neither was Twitter ever shut down nor its staff raided or despatched to jail, regardless of Dorsey and his colleagues actively pursuing a coverage, which was at loggerheads with Indian laws. They have been additionally permitting their platform for use by overseas forces inimical to India’s curiosity, on a number of events, which posed grave risk to India’s nationwide safety and effectively being,” mentioned Malviya.
He additionally slammed Opposition Congress saying they have been “excited” by an “invertebrate liar’s misplaced assertions”.
“Rahul Gandhi goes overseas and seeks assist of overseas powers and his minions in India amplify stray disposed voices to demonise India… Is leaning on overseas cash and media the one method Congress hopes to undermine the need of the individuals and unseat a democratically elected Govt?” he mentioned.
Get together spokesperson Sambit Patra additionally alleged that Twitter violated legislation.
Through the farmers’ protests in January 2021, he mentioned, there was a “important quantity of misinformation circulating, together with experiences of genocide that have been later confirmed to be false.”
“The Authorities of India has the duty to make intermediaries working in India adjust to the nation’s legal guidelines to take care of accountability and a secure on-line house. Twitter was definitely not complying with the Indian Legal guidelines,” Patra added.
Dorsey, who stop as Twitter CEO in 2021, made the sensational allegation in an interview with the YouTube information present Breaking Factors on Monday.
Dorsey claimed that the Indian authorities “pressured” the corporate with threats of a shutdown and raids on staff if it didn’t adjust to requests to take down posts and prohibit accounts that have been crucial of the federal government over the protest by farmers towards new legal guidelines in 2020 and 2021.
Rubbishing the claims, Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar mentioned, “Twitter beneath Dorsey and his workforce have been in repeated and steady violations of India legislation. As a matter of truth they have been in non-compliance with legislation repeatedly from 2020 to 2022 and it was solely June 2022 after they lastly complied”.