Twitter and the Centre must both comply with Indian law
SummaryThe government must act in conformity with India’s Constitution. It can be argued that Twitter is defending free speech and that the new rules are too broad and possibly unconstitutional
The debate over social media has been vociferous, but the discourse on the tussle between Twitter, in particular, and India’s government over the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, has been defined by two parallel narratives. One focuses on Indian sovereignty and the arrogance of a foreign company that ignores our laws. The other sees a nefarious attempt to subdue dissent and chill free speech. Here are four points to help navigate the two.