New Delhi: “Adhere to rules if you want to work in India,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday in Rajya Sabha. Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement comes in backdrop of the recent row over Twitter where the government has asked the social media giant to remove tweets which it considers “fake” and “anti-India”. “We respect social media a lot, it has empowered common people. Social media has a big role in the Digital India programme. However, if social media is misused to spread fake news, violence then action will be taken,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha today.
Last evening, the Centre had issued a statement to Twitter asking it to “respect” Indian laws “irrespective of Twitter’s own rules and guidelines”. The government expressed “strong displeasure” on Twitter’s action regarding the alleged spread of “inflammatory content” and misinformation on the farmer protests. In a virtual meet, the government termed a list of 257 handles on the platform as “non-negotiable” and said it will remain so even if agreed to hold discussions with Twitter officials.
According to reports, top Twitter executives may now face arrest as the micro-blogging website decided to put a hold on censuring of user accounts. If Twitter fails to follow the orders, it may have to face “legal recourse”, a government source had said. Also Read - Neither Badminton Nor Tennis, Amol Gupte Reveals What Trolled Saina Poster Really Stands For Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Trolled For Sharing 'Plagiarised' Picture of 'Spring Acai Bowl', She Replies Back Also Read - Flight Movie Trailer: Amitabh Bachchan's Reaction on Watching Mohit Chadda's Thrilling Performance is Unmissable