Twitter has lost its “legal shield” in India for not complying with the country’s newly implemented social media rules, federal Minister of Information Technology (IT) Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed on Wednesday.
In recent days, Twitter has been locking horns with the Indian government over an array of issues. After expressing concerns over India’s “threatened freedom of expression,” Twitter revealed its reservations against India’s new digital laws.
In a series of tweets, Prasad questioned why Twitter has not complied with Indian legislation, especially as Indian companies doing business in the US or other countries “voluntarily follow the local laws.”
Further, the minister said that it’s “astounding that Twitter, which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the intermediary guidelines.”
Now that Twitter has lost its legal shield in India, it will be treated as a content “publisher” and will be punished for posting anything “unlawful.”