Bengaluru, Jun 24 (ILNS) Manish Maheshwari, Twitter’s India head, has approached the Karnataka High Court, seeking transit anticipatory bail in connection with the tweets about the assault of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district.
An FIR was filed last week against Twitter India, several journalists and Congress leaders after an elderly man – Abdul Samad – alleged that he was thrashed by some people and forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Vande Mataram”.
Journalists Rana Ayyub and Saba Naqvi, apart from Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Shama Mohamed and Maskoor Usmani, were also accused of posting and sharing “misleading” tweets and the video and for “provoking communal sentiments”.
The man had claimed that he was forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram,’ though police ruled out the communal angle, saying the accused – both Hindus and Muslims – attacked the man after a dispute over amulets.
Soon after the video went viral, UP police booked Twitter and some individuals for misinformation.
Social media companies have to comply with the new IT rules that had come into effect from May 26, to get safe harbour protection and absence of the same exposes them to become liable for fake news, harassment and defamation on its platform.
The Uttar Pradesh government has become the first state government to book Twitter in a criminal offence after the social media company failed to comply with the new rules.
Maheshwari, who approached the High Court yesterday, is expected to reach the police station at Loni, which is on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, for questioning related in connection with the controversial tweets.
“You couldn’t remove certain tweets, even after you were asked to by authorities. You understand Indian laws and are bound to follow them,” the notice summoning Maheshwari said. ILNS\SS\SJ\RJ