UP Police Serves a Notice to Twitter India Head for’provoking communal unrest’

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  • Notice to Twitter MD for 'provoking communal unrest'
  • Summoned to Loni Border Police Station to record a statement
  • Chief of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, Sashi Tharoor to quiz officials from the microblogging site

New Delhi: The UP Police sent a legal notice to Twitter India Head, Manish Maheshwari for ‘provoking communal unrest’ by widely promoting the video of an elderly man in Loni being assaulted. 

The managing director of Twitter India is summoned to the Loni border police station to record the statement within seven days. The notice read-  “Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter Inc did not take any action against it. They let the anti-social messages go viral.”

A parliamentary meeting has been called on Twitter to appear before it in Parliament complex at 4 pm today. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Congress MP Sashi Tharoor , will hear their views on safeguarding citizens’ rights and strategies to prevent misuse of social media and online news.

Mr Maheshwari was earlier questioned on May 31 by a Special cell from Delhi police in connection with the “Congress Toolkit Controversy”.

 The legal notice comes just days after Twitter, several journalists and Congress leaders were named in an FIR (first information report) in Ghaziabad over tweets sharing a video of the assault that took place on June 5. 


This is the first case against the microblogging site after it failed to comply with the centre’s new OTT lawsuit which came into effect on May 26. Following which the microblogging site lost its immunity against legal allegations. 

 On Thursday, the second FIR was filed against the Social media giant and actor Swara Bhaskar over “inflammatory tweets” on the assault on the Muslim man in Ghaziabad.

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