‘Business in India at risk’: Musk blasts Twitter over MeitY order in US lawsuit | Pro IQRA News

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Twitter’s high-profile legal battle against some of the Indian government’s content-blocking orders has been thrown into another high-profile case, the platform’s US lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk over the rejection of his $44 billion buyout offer. a social media company. Musk has accused Twitter of hiding the Indian lawsuit from him and that its actions could jeopardize his business in the country.

In his counterclaims to the Twitter lawsuit, Musk said the company’s decision to challenge the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) blocking orders was a “departure from the usual course” because it had previously blocked “pro-Ukrainian accounts for the Russian government.”

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Musk said that while he supports free speech, Twitter must follow the laws of the countries in which it operates. He added that the social media platform failed to notify him of its lawsuit against the Indian government, putting the company’s third-largest market at risk.

Twitter responded by saying that its actions in India are in line with its “global practice” of challenging government requests or laws if it believes such requests are not “adequately covered by local law, are procedurally flawed, or are necessary to protect the rights of its users, including freedom of expression”. Last month, the company filed a lawsuit against MeitY in the Karnataka High Court, challenging several of the more than 1,400 blocking orders it had received.

“If it (Twitter) receives a valid and properly covered request from an authorized entity, it can block access to certain content in a specific jurisdiction that has made a valid legal claim, or if the content has been found to violate local laws, but it routinely insists on restrictions, object to or otherwise challenge government requests or laws if such requests are not authorized or properly limited by local law, are procedurally flawed, or are necessary to protect the rights of its users,” the company said in response. to Musk’s counterclaims.

Those filings were made by Twitter in Delaware Chancery Court, where it sued Musk for seeking to terminate his agreement to purchase the company. Last month, Musk said he wanted to pull out of the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, agreed in April, because the company “materially breached” the deal and made “false and misleading” statements during negotiations.

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Tesla’s CEO also said he was leaving as Twitter laid off top executives and a third of its talent acquisition team, breaking a commitment to “keep the tangible components of the current business organization virtually intact.”

In its plea against the government’s blocking orders, Twitter told the Karnataka HC that MeitY is “increasingly” issuing orders to block entire accounts without notifying the company of specific tweets made by those accounts calling for them to be blocked. “Several URLs contain political and journalistic content. Blocking such information is a gross violation of the freedom of speech guaranteed to citizen users of the platform,” the petition reads.

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