'Expect compliance with local rules': India

Over the past two years, authorities have asked Twitter to act on content such as posts alleged to have spread misinformation.
'Expect compliance with local rules': India

LONDON: Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter will not change India's expectation that it will comply with the country's rules for such companies, a government minister told Reuters on Friday, adding that India's new IT rules would be out in days.

Twitter in July asked a court in India to overturn some government orders to remove content from the platform.

Over the past two years, authorities have asked the company to act on content such as posts alleged to have spread misinformation about protests by farmers, and tweets critical of the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our rules and laws for intermediaries remain the same regardless of who owns the platforms," said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of state for electronics and information technology. "So, the expectation of compliance with Indian laws and rules remains."

Asked about what the government thought about the ban on Twitter for individuals such as Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, Mr Chandrasekhar did not answer directly but said India's new amended IT rules would be released on Friday or Saturday after months of consultation.

Ms Ranaut, who was banned from Twitter last year for violating its rules on hateful conduct and abusive behaviour, took to Instagram on Friday to applaud articles about Mr Musk's takeover.

Ms Ranaut, an ardent supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also shared requests from users who appealed to Mr Musk to restore her Twitter account.

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