Indian govt could take on Twitter over failure to filter inflammatory tweets

email article email article print article print article tip @techmeme


Oh look. Twitter’s in hot water in India. Again. This time the Indian government is going after the social network because it has failed to comply with the country’s efforts to clean up social media.

According to the Times of India attention returned to Twitter shortly after the country accused neighboring Pakistan of using social media to spread “disinformation”. The government’s attention then turned to Twitter when the social network refused to block inflammatory messages in the volatile North Western part of the county

Earlier this year the government tried to censor social networks for posting content that was offensive to Indian culture. While the current situation is undoubtedly more volatile, it seems to demonstrate a similar misunderstanding on the part of the state about the nature of social networks.

The Times writes:

A senior government official has said that Twitter has already been told that legal action may be taken against it as it had failed to cooperate with the Indian government in its efforts to find the source of and curtail the inflammatory messages against citizens.

Twitter doesn’t have a specific presence in India. Despite this however, the company’s response to the situation has been described as “poor”. As The Next Web rightly points out, there’s a massive amount of content that goes through Twitter — nearly 340-million messages a day.

Even with its new country-specific censorship policy, that’s a hell of a lot to try to filter out.

email article email article print article print article

Related articles

Topics for this article

[ advertising enquiries ]

Share
  • BURN MEDIA TV

    WATCH THE LATEST EPISODE NOW
    Latest Episode
    Sony Xperia Z2 Review

MORE HEADLINES

news

VIEW MORE

interviews

VIEW MORE

future trends

VIEW MORE

entrepreneurship

VIEW MORE

social media

VIEW MORE

facebook

VIEW MORE

twitter

VIEW MORE

google

VIEW MORE

advertising & marketing

VIEW MORE

online media

VIEW MORE

design

VIEW MORE

mobile

VIEW MORE

More in News

Amazon Web Services rolls out Glacier: for the data you seldom need

Read More »