In the Ghaziabad assault case, UP Police has sent a notice to the Twitter’s India head following others for ‘provoking communal tension.’
The notice was sent through the mail to the Managing Director of Twitter in India, Manish Maheshwari, and has been ordered to attend a police station near Delhi’s Loni Border and to record his testimony within seven days.
“Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter Inc did not take any action against it. They let the anti-social messages go viral,” the notice read.
Yesterday at 4 p.m a Parliamentary subcommittee has summoned Twitter to come to the Parliament Complex to discuss how to avoid the abuse of social media and online news. In relation to the “Congress toolbox” scandal, a Delhi Police squad had already questioned Mr. Maheshwari. After issuing notices and visiting Twitter’s headquarters in Delhi and Gurgaon, the police traveled to Bengaluru to interview him.
The legal warning came only days after an FIR (first information report) in Ghaziabad implicated Twitter, numerous journalists, and Congress leaders for tweeting a video of the attack on June 5.
Sufi Abdul Samad said that a gang attacked him and chopped off his beard while forcing him to recite “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Shri Ram.” UP Police denies that the crime was not racially motivated; the guy was assaulted by six individuals, including Hindus and Muslims, who were furious with him for allegedly selling phony good luck charms.
Abdul Samad’s family has disputed the allegations made by the police.”The police are wrong in saying that my father used to sell ‘tabeez’. No one in our family does this business. We are carpenters. The police are not saying the right thing – let them investigate and prove it,” Babloo Saifi said, Abdul Samad’s son.
Charges filed against Twitter and eight others included charges like provocation for rioting, promoting enmity between different groups, acts intended to outrage religious feelings, mischief, and criminal conspiracy.
This is the first-ever case against Twitter after the new online publishing rules. Since Twitter has failed to comply with the rules and has also lost its protection in India.