Widely used social network Twitter Inc. (TWRT) says that it’s worried over the safety of its staff in India after Indian police visited its offices in India on May 27.
The police said they made the visit as part of an ongoing investigation whereby the social media company is being probed for allowing manipulated information regarding the country’s ruling party spread across its platform.
Earlier in the week, the Indian police said they had visited Twitter offices to serve the head of Twitter in India with a notice for an investigation after Twitter tagged a post by the ruling party spokesperson ‘manipulated media’.
“We, alongside many in civil society in India and around the world, have concerns with regards to the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service,” said Twitter.
The media in question was shared by leaders of the ruling party in India who said it was created by the main opposition Congress party with an aim of painting the government a bad picture and showing its incapacity of handing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The Congress party later reached Twitter claiming the document was fake and that it was not their creation. It is after this when Twitter tagged the media as ‘manipulated media’.
Since February, social media companies have been having it rough in India as the government is seeking to implement new measures which will force the companies to give the government private users’ data upon request.
The social media companies are opposed to this move as they term it as one which breaks protection of users’ private data.
Facebook Inc. (FB) owned online messaging platform WhatsApp has sued the Indian government regarding implementation of the new privacy data regulations.