India says Big Tech must obey the law of the land as Twitter goes to court

NEW DELHI: The Indian government said on Tuesday that all internet intermediaries and social media platforms must abide by the country’s law, after Twitter asked the Karnataka High Court to withdraw its order removing certain content on its platform.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said in a tweet that all foreign intermediaries and platforms have the right to seek court and judicial review in India.

“But equally, all intermediaries/platforms operating here have an unambiguous obligation to comply with our laws and rules,” Chandrasekhar said.

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that “whether it is any company, in any sector, it must abide by Indian laws”.

Earlier today, Twitter appealed to the Karnataka High Court against the Indian government’s order to remove certain content on its platform, on the grounds that the IT Ministry’s content blocking orders do not pass ” the test of the grounds provided for in article 69A of the computer law”.

Twitter alleged in its brief motion that several accounts and content included in the blocking orders are either “overly broad and arbitrary”, fail to provide notice to the “creators” of the content, and are “disproportionate” in several ways. cases, sources told IANS.

In a June letter, the IT Department warned Twitter of strict action if it failed to comply with certain content takedown orders.

Twitter has now sought judicial review of certain content that was part of various blocking orders, asking the court to overturn those blocking orders.

“These restraining orders are challenged on the grounds that they are procedurally and materially deficient from the requirements of Section 69A,” reads the petition.

India, who beat China 7-1 and 2-1 in the FIH Pro League matches in Oman in January this year, were the better team on the pitch, had better possession and created more of occasions. They managed to earn five penalty corners to two by China but could only convert one.

The Chinese dominated possession in the opening minutes of the game, but India quickly got rid of their nerves and made a few circle penetrations but couldn’t take the lead. Such an opportunity presented itself in the 6th minute when Sharmila Devi and Navneet Kaur worked in tandem to shoot on goal. But Navneet’s strike was blocked by a Chinese defender.

India started the second quarter on a high note and penetrated the Chinese defense several times.

India thought they had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when a shot from Vandana Katariya bounced into the goal off Jyoti’s body. China had the decision overturned by the video referee.

India bagged a penalty corner but the chances flew away. Gurjit Kaur’s powerful acceleration kick was blocked by Chinese goalkeeper Liu Ping.

China took the lead in the 25th minute when, on a pass from Zhang Xindan on a superb counterattack, Zheng Jiali collected the ball at the top of the shooting circle, moved around and fired a shot past the goalkeeper Savita.

India tried some impressive formations in their attack which earned the team another CP in the 27th minute but Monika, who took the shot, couldn’t capitalize on the chance as the teams entered at halftime with China leading 1-0.

In the third quarter, China got their first CP while India bagged two penalty corners, the second of which saw India level the score in the 44th minute. It was experienced striker Vandana Katariya who was once again the focus of India’s CP attack. She picked up a brilliant deflection from Gurjit’s hard-hitting drag-flick, sending the ball flying past the Chinese keeper.

India showed more urgency to convert a goal in the final quarter and they also defended well to keep the pressure on their opponents. They even warded off danger in the 56th minute by conceding a PC, but they did well with the line defense to clear the ball.

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