‘India biz at risk’: In American suit, Musk raises Twitter tiff on MeitY orders


Twitter’s high-stakes legal battle against some of the Indian government’s content blocking orders has been brought up in another high-profile case – that of the platform’s US lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. for withdrawing its $44 billion takeover bid. the social media company. Musk accused Twitter of hiding his India trial from him and that his actions could jeopardize his business in the country.

Musk, in his counterclaims against Twitter’s lawsuit, said the company’s decision to challenge the Ministry of Electronics and Computing (MeitY) blocking orders was a “deviation from the normal course” since previously blocked “pro-Ukrainian accounts for the Russian government”.

Musk said that while he supports free speech, Twitter should respect the laws of the countries in which it operates. He added that the social media platform failed to inform him of his lawsuit against the Indian government, putting the company’s third market “in jeopardy”.

Twitter, in response, said its actions in India are in line with its “global practice” of challenging government requests or laws if it believes such requests are not “properly framed by local laws, are faulty procedurally or as necessary to defend the rights of its users, including freedom of expression.” The company had filed a lawsuit against MeitY in the Karnataka High Court last month, challenging a handful of the most of 1,400 restraining orders she had received.

“If it (Twitter) receives a valid and appropriately scoped request from an authorized entity, it may deny access to certain content in the specific jurisdiction that issued the valid legal request or where the content has been determined to violate the local laws, but regularly pushes for limitations, opposes or otherwise challenges government demands or laws where such demands are not authorized or properly defined by local law, are defective in procedural or as necessary to defend the rights of its users,” the company said in response to Musk’s counterclaims.

Those submissions were made by Twitter in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where it sued Musk for wanting to end its agreement to buy the company. Last month, Musk said he wanted to terminate the deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion – agreed in April – because the company was in “material breach” of their agreement and made “false” statements. and misleading” during negotiations.

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The Tesla CEO also said he was stepping down because Twitter fired senior executives and a third of its talent acquisition team, violating an obligation to “preserve the material components of its current business organization virtually intact.” .

In its lawsuit against government blocking orders, Twitter told Karnataka HC that MeitY had “increasingly” issued orders to block entire accounts without informing the company of the specific tweets issued by those accounts that call for their blockage. “Several of the URLs contain political and journalistic content. The blocking of such information is a flagrant violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed to citizen-users of the platform,” the petition reads.

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