13 Jun 2023

Twitter Faced Pressure From Government During Farmers' Protests, Alleges Ex-CEO; Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Said This In Response

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has claimed that the micro-blogging platform had faced government pressure and warnings of shutdown during farmers' protest. However, Union Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar termed it an outright lie.

Rebuffing the claims, the Minister tweeted that Dorsey's Twitter regime "had a problem accepting the sovereignty of Indian law".

"No one went to jail nor was twitter 'shutdown'," Chandrasekhar said.

Govt threatened to shut down our offices: Dorsey

When asked if he had faced any pressure from foreign governments, Dorsey, who stepped down from Twitter's board last year, said, “India is one of the countries which had many requests at the time of farmers’ protests. They were about particular journalists who were critical of the government, and it manifested in ways such as ‘we will shut Twitter down in India’… ‘we would raid the homes of your employees', which they did. They said we will shut down your offices if you don't follow suit. And this happened in India, a democratic country.”

Twitter team was in continuous violations of India law: Minister

Chandrasekhar tweeted that: "@twitter under Dorsey and his team were in repeated and continuous violations of India law. As a matter of fact they were in non-compliance with law repeatedly from 2020 to 2022 and it was only June 2022 when they finally complied".

Dorsey's Twitter regime had a problem accepting the sovereignty of Indian law, and it behaved as if the laws of India did not apply to it, Chandrasekhar said.

"India as a sovereign nation has the right to ensure that its laws are followed by all companies operating in India," the Minister said.

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