Police ‘visit’ Twitter offices to report Toolkit case | India News
Twitter’s Global Deputy CEO and Vice President (Legal) Jim Baker, who is also a former FBI officer – has been tied up to take stock of the situation. Sources said the company may also contact the US government, as the situation has escalated rapidly after Twitter tagged some tweets for BJP officials as “manipulated media.”
“The only good thing is that the local offices in India had been closed due to the Covid situation. Global headquarters has intervened in the matter and is coordinating closely with the India team, “top Twitter sources told TOI.
While the company has yet to release any official statement on the matter, sources said there was a “near panic” situation after the Delhi Police Special Cell sent a notice to Twitter India, with two teams reaching out to its offices in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The company’s global headquarters were immediately informed of the development, even though it was before dawn in the US at the time of the Delhi police action.
Monday’s visits followed the delivery of a notice to Manish Maheshwari, whom Delhi police addressed in their notice as the “MD, Twitter India.”
“Considering that we have learned that you knew the facts of the matter and are in possession of information in this regard. Therefore, you are requested to be present in the office of the special cell with the relevant documents,” the notice read.
A police source said that Maheshwari did not appear before the police on May 22, stating that he was not the proper or authorized representative of the company.
“The Delhi police team went to the Twitter office to send a notice to Twitter, as part of the routine process. This was necessary because we wanted to determine who is the right person to deliver a notice, as the responses from the MD of Twitter India have been very ambiguous, “Delhi police said in a statement.
This led to the police teams landing on the addresses of the offices that supposedly belonged to Twitter in New Delhi. Delhi police denied any searches were carried out.
“We are investigating a complaint requesting clarification from Twitter on the classification of a Shri Sambit Patra tweet as ‘manipulative’. It appears that Twitter has some information that we do not know on the basis of which they have classified it as such. This information is relevant to the investigation. The Special Cell that is conducting the investigation wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth, should clarify it, “said police spokesman Chinmoy Biswal.
Last week, BJP’s national spokesperson, Sambit Patra, had published a set of pages that were supposedly a Congress ‘toolbox’ to discredit the government’s handling of the Covid situation. Congress responded that the toolkit was a forgery and filed a complaint. The special cell of the Delhi police had launched an investigation following the complaint by Rohan Gupta and Rajiv Gowda of the Congress Partysocial media and investigation cells, a police officer said.
Meanwhile, global Twitter officials are believed to be increasingly concerned about the situation in India following the series of regulatory challenges over lawsuits to remove content that is apparently critical of the official machinery.
In February earlier this year, government sources had even opposed Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s decision to “like” some of the tweets that had been made in support of the farmers’ protests. saying it “raised questions about the platform’s neutrality.”
Baker is believed to lead the next steps on the matter, as he was also instrumental in dealing with the earlier standoff when the government had threatened to arrest Twitter officials and impose a financial penalty for their reluctance to delete more than 1,400 accounts. that they were accused of carrying “incendiary content” about the agricultural laws.
After the Twitter team’s efforts in India failed to yield much, the company had delegated Baker to hold talks with the Indian government. The matter was finally resolved after its entry on the scene, and Twitter ended up disabling almost 97% of the users flagged by the Indian government.