'Despite disagreement...': Elon Musk's X reacts to Indian govt's orders to block posts, accounts amid protests

Govt orders X to block posts, accounts: According to a statement issued by X, the Indian government issued executive orders necessitating action against specific accounts and posts, citing potential penalties such as substantial fines and imprisonment for non-compliance.

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Govt orders X to block posts, accounts: In a recent development, social media platform X, helmed by billionaire Elon Musk, found itself entangled in a web of controversy regarding its compliance with orders from the Indian government. Despite expressing disagreement with the directives, X's Global Government Affairs team confirmed that the platform had taken action against specified accounts as mandated by the Indian authorities.

Legal Imperatives

According to a statement issued by X, the Indian government issued executive orders necessitating action against specific accounts and posts, citing potential penalties such as substantial fines and imprisonment for non-compliance. While X acknowledged the orders and complied by withholding the specified accounts and posts within India, it maintained its stance on the importance of freedom of expression, asserting that it should extend to the contentious posts.

Call for Transparency

Highlighting the ongoing legal battle, X revealed that a writ appeal challenging the Indian government's blocking order remained pending. Moreover, X underscored the importance of transparency, expressing concern over the lack of disclosure regarding executive orders. The platform emphasized that transparency is vital to ensure accountability and prevent arbitrary decision-making.

Musk's Perspective

Elon Musk, during an interaction with reporters, shed light on X's policy of adhering to local government regulations. Reflecting on a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Musk emphasized the necessity for X to comply with the demands of local governments to avoid the risk of shutdown.

Musk acknowledged the limitations faced by the platform formerly known as Twitter, stating that the platform must adhere to the laws of each country it operates in. He addressed comments made by his predecessor, Jack Dorsey, who revealed threats received by Twitter from the Indian government during the peak of the farmers' protest. Dorsey's remarks unveiled a tumultuous period in Twitter's history, characterized by non-compliance with local laws.

Rebuttal and Reflection

In response to Dorsey's comments, Union Minister of State for Electronics & Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, provided a rebuttal, accusing Twitter of non-compliance with local laws in India. Chandrasekhar's statement aimed to address and counter Dorsey's portrayal of Twitter's interactions with the Indian government.

The saga surrounding X's compliance with Indian government orders underscores the complexities faced by tech giants operating in diverse regulatory environments. As the legal battle continues and stakeholders voice their perspectives, the incident serves as a reminder of the rapidly dimnishing freedom of expression amid 'regulatory compliance' in the digital age.