Twitter can’t take recourse to Freedom of Expression theme: Union Minister

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday suggested that Twitter can’t take recourse to the theme of Freedom of Expression when the government asks it to comply with the new intermediary rules. The other day, Twitter lost the legal shield of an intermediary.

Since Twitter recently suggested that it won’t comply with the rules by virtue of it providing space for free expression, the BJP leader reminded that India is a democracy where elections are fair. He referred to the recent victory of the BJP in Assam and the concomitant defeat in West Bengal.

He added that the judiciary is independent and poses tough questions. The Minister added that the media too has freedom of speech.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said that 100 crore people of India, who are on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter, can freely criticize the government. “But a profit-making company can’t lecture us on democracy,” he added.

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