Twitter Faces Another FIR; This Time Over Child Pornography

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Twitter is in the news for a long time now, and for all the wrong reasons. The social media giant has another FIR lodged against itself. And this time it is for content over child pornography. The total number of FIR’s against Twitter in the country has now gone up to four. Additionally, the platform recently lost its legal immunity in India.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Police booked Manish Maheshwari, the Managing Director of Twitter India. It was for posting the wrong map of the country. The distorted map showed Indian union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as different countries.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has made a complaint against the social media platform. The NCPCR has lodged the complaint under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Moreover, the case is also registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, as well as the IT Act.

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The Delhi Police booked Twitter for making child pornography accessible on its platform. However, the Twitter spokesperson has come forward to say that the platform has a zero-tolerance policy for such activities and will look into the matter.

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He said, “We have been at the forefront of responding to the evolving challenge of preventing the exploitation of children on the internet. And we will continue to fight against online child sexual abuse.” Besides, he also added, “We will continue to invest in proactive detection and removal of content that violates the Twitter rules. We will work with law enforcement and NGO partners in India to tackle the issue.”

NCPCR had written letters on May 29. The letter read, “it is found that the toolkit for deep and dark web” was also available on this social media platform. The Commission wrote the letters to the Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police and the Delhi Police chief.

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The wrestle between the Government of India and Twitter is far from getting over. Twitter recently lost its legal protection from prosecution over user’s posts. Additionally, this is soon after it failed to comply with the new IT rules in the country. The social media platform said that the new digital rules of the country are unconstitutional. However, the BJP government does not look to give up easily.

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