In the Karnataka High Court, the Central Government said that microblogging platform Twitter cannot demand protection under Article 19 of the Constitution.
The Center on Thursday told the Karnataka High Court that US-based microblogging platform Twitter Inc cannot seek protection under Article 19 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to Indian citizens and institutions.
For the information of the people, let us tell you that from 2 February 2021 to 28 February 2022, challenging the blocking orders issued by the Central Government, Twitter had approached the court. The company claims that the orders are arbitrary as they have failed to provide prior information to the originator of the content.
Additional Solicitor General (South) R Sankaranarayanan, appearing for the government, submitted before the High Court that microblogging platform Twitter is not entitled to protection under Article 19 Because it is a foreign company.
There is nothing arbitrary under Article 14 and Section 69(A) has been properly followed. Therefore, Twitter is not entitled to any relief. For the information of the people, let us tell you that the hearing of this case has been postponed till April 10.
Know what Twitter said while arguing
Twitter has argued that the Centre’s direction to delete the account for a particular tweet is against Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and violates Right to Equality in Article 14.
Sankaranarayanan (R Sankaranarayanan) said that whenever Twitter was asked to identify the originator, the company kept its privacy rules. Clarifying his point, he said that in such a situation, a dangerous situation can arise and violence can happen if someone opens a false Twitter account of the Government of Pakistan or tweets like Indian-occupied Kashmir.
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