Twitter expresses concern over threat to freedom of speech, says will aim to comply

Concerned over threat to freedom of speech, says Twitter

We will strive to comply with new IT laws in India, but will not stop protecting freedom of expression and privacy, micro-blogging site Twitter Inc said on May 27, 2021.

This comes hours after Delhi Police visited Twitter’s office over Toolkit row between Congress and ruling BJP on May 24, 2021.

In a statement, the microblogging site has also expressed concern over the potential threat to freedom of expression and intimation tactic by the police.

“Twitter is deeply committed to the people of India. Our service has proven vital for public conversation and a source of support for people during the pandemic. To keep our services available, we will strive to comply with the applicable law in India. But, 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,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports.

“We plan to advocate for changes to an element of these regulations that inhibit free, open public conversation. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government and believe it is critical to adopt a collaborative approach,” the company said.

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