The Karnataka High Court has dismissed Twitter’s bid to challenge the orders issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, for non-compliance and imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on the micro-blogging platform.
For the uninitiated, The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Twitter to take down some accounts with tweets related to the farmers’ protests and coronavirus. Twitter simply dismissed the orders, and said that the orders “demonstrate excessive use of powers,” as per LiveLaw.
Twitter was reportedly sent notices for the same, but it reportedly did not comply. In fact, Twitter was also also told that the punishment for “non-compliance is 7 years imprisonment and unlimited fine,” but that too, failed to “deter” Twitter.
“Karnataka High Court has dismissed the petition filed by @Twitter, challenging the blocking orders issued to it by @GoI_MeitY u/s.69(A) of IT Act 2000,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, said in a tweet.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar has already challenged former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s claim that the social media platform was pressured by the Indian government during the farmers’ protest in 2021. He called Dorsey’s statements an “outright lie” and an “attempt to whitewash Twitter’s controversial past.”
“So you have not given any reason why you delayed compliance, more than a year of delay…then all of sudden you comply and approach the Court. You are not a farmer but a billion dollar company,” the court’s Bench said, announcing the verdict.
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