Musk says Twitter must follow the law of the land in India

Posted: Posted Date – 10:15am, Sat – Aug 6, 22

New Delhi: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has claimed that Twitter is breaking the country’s law in India, which has put one of its biggest markets in jeopardy.

In a countersuit against the microblogging platform filed in a Delaware court in the United States on Friday night, Musk said he was “tricked” into signing Twitter’s $44 billion takeover deal. .

“In July, Twitter sued the Indian government challenging orders requiring it to remove content and block dozens of accounts,” New York Times reporter Kate Conger tweeted.

“Musk disputes this, saying it jeopardizes one of Twitter’s biggest markets and suggesting that Twitter should follow local law in India,” Conger added.

Twitter has last asked the Karnataka High Court for an order from the Indian government to remove certain content on its platform, on the grounds that the IT Ministry’s content blocking orders do not pass “the test of the grounds provided for in Section 69A of the Information Technology Act”. ”.

Twitter alleged in its Brief Motion that several accounts and content included in the blocking orders are either “overly broad and arbitrary”, fail to provide notice to the “creators” of the content, and are “disproportionate” in several instances. .

Musk’s countersuit said that “in 2021, India’s Ministry of Information Technology imposed certain rules allowing the government to probe social media posts, demand credentials and prosecute companies that refused to comply”.

Musk said the microblogging platform should follow “the laws of the countries in which Twitter operates.”

Twitter responded to Musk’s allegations, saying he “respectfully refers to the Court for their complete and accurate content”, and denied his allegations.

Musk said Twitter “did not notify him of his lawsuit against the Indian government”, putting the company’s third market “in jeopardy”.

Twitter responded, saying its actions in India were consistent with its “global practice” of challenging government demands or laws.

Twitter has dragged Musk’s billionaire friends with Tesla into the legal battle that will begin on October 17.

Twitter claims Musk signed a contract to buy the company and is using spam accounts as a false pretense to cancel the deal.