Musk’s X "Disagree" With Indian government Orders

Musk’s X "Disagree" With Indian government Orders

Feb 22, 2024 - 15:48
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Musk’s X "Disagree" With Indian government Orders

Elon Musk's X has claimed it got Indian government orders to withhold specific accounts and posts. But it said such posts should not be withheld on the grounds of freedom of expression. 

Elon Musk's X (formerly Twitter) has claimed that the Indian government issued "orders," asking the social media giant to take action on specific accounts and posts. In a post written on X's Global Government Affairs early on Thursday, the company disagreed with the move, stating that the posts should not be withheld on the grounds of freedom of expression. The global government affairs team of X said they are unable to publish the Centre's executive orders due to legal restrictions, but "believe that making them public is essential for transparency". The Centre is yet to respond to the allegations that were made in a post on X past midnight.

Consistent with our position, a writ appeal challenging the Indian government's blocking orders remains pending. We have also provided the impacted users with notice of these actions in accordance with our policies. Due to legal restrictions, we are unable to publish the executive orders, but we believe that making them public is essential for transparency. This lack of disclosure can lead to a lack of accountability and arbitrary decision-making," the post stated.

Congress Reacts: Congress leaders have hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government after Elon Musk's X (formerly Twitter) said that they withheld some accounts due to the Indian government's orders, but they disagreed with it. Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, reacting to X's statement, said it is the "murder of democracy in India".

 

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