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Twitter foreign entity cannot seek protection under Article 19: Center – Usky News

Bengaluru: US-based microblogging platform The Central government told the Karnataka High Court on Thursday that Twitter Inc cannot seek protection under Article 19 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to Indian citizens and entities, and not foreigners.
Twitter had approached the court, challenging a series of blocking orders issued by Center From February 2, 2021 to February 28, 2022. It claimed that the orders are “arbitrary” as they fail to provide prior information to the originator of the content.
For the government, Additional Solicitor General (South) R Sankaranarayanan submitted before the HC: “They are not entitled to the protection of Article 19, as it is a foreign entity. There is nothing arbitrary under Article 14 and Section 69(A) has been properly followed…. Therefore, they are not entitled to any relief.” The hearing was adjourned till April 10.
Twitter has argued that the Centre’s direction to delete the account for a particular tweet is against Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and violative of the right to equality enshrined in Article 14.
Whenever Sankaranarayanan said Twitter When asked to identify the originator, the company turned to its privacy policy. He said that a dangerous situation could arise and violence could happen if someone opens a fake account of the Pakistan government and tweets something like “India-occupied Kashmir”, or if someone says that LTTE leader Prabhakaran is alive and Eager to go.
Sankaranarayanan stated that the “principle of proportionality” (not resorting to action more drastic than necessary to achieve certain results) has changed and cannot be applied as a straitjacket formula. he even said Supreme Court Realized in cases where it was decided that the originator should be identified.


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