The Andhra Pradesh High Court directed Twitter on Monday to take down the abusive content against the judiciary on the popular platform.
“They should abide by the law of the land or else they may have to pack their bags. This is a clear case of contempt. We may also initiate criminal proceedings against Twitter going by the recent judgement against Google where an FIR has been registered.”
A bench of Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy pulled up the social media giant for not complying with its orders. The bench said that the Twitter must explain why ‘cease and desist’ orders shouldn’t be given against it before the next hearing which is scheduled for Feb 7.
The High Court noticed the abusive content on Twitter. The court added that Twitter cannot play hide and seek with the Indian Judiciary and it should mend its ways if it wants to continue to run in the country.
“Twitter has removed content from the handles of those who declared their nationality as Indian. The abusive content is still available on the handles of those who, despite being residents of India, declare their nationality as that of some foreign country.Assignment Solicitor General SV Raju.
Raju also added that only Twitter is responsible for such activities and not other social media platforms such as YouTube or Facebook.
However, twitter’s counsel Saransh Jain said that the technology of Twitter has been designed to work that way and it applies to all social media platforms.