'Beyond Statutory Powers': Modi Gov't Slammed For Over-Reaching Twitter on 'Manipulated Media' Tags
Remember the “Manipulated Media” episode? When @GoI_MeitY sent letters to Twitter asking it to stop conducting fact checks?— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) August 4, 2021
Well, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has now admitted that the letters were not issued under any provision of the IT Act, 2000. 1/n pic.twitter.com/otzSJ6cUTC
We call upon @GoI_MeitY to refrain from over-reaching its powers and acting beyond its legal ambit. We also call upon Twitter to advance transparency by making its correspondence with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology publicly available. 6/n— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) August 4, 2021
"This is important because the second letter asked Twitter to stop the practice of tagging dubious tweets as 'manipulated media altogether'!" the IFF said on Twitter, revealing that it had asked MeitY to explain the legality of this move in the first place.
It appeared that Twitter had responded to MeitY’s first letter in May 2021, but @GoI_MeitY did not provide us that letter. We filed a First Appeal against this, and MeitY’s failure to identify a legal basis for issuing such directions to Twitter. 4/n— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) August 4, 2021