IT Secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) said on Wednesday that US social media giants must abide by the laws of the country in which they operate.

The IT Minister Prasad made the above comments after the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) accused Twitter of violating regulations requiring it to appoint a new compliance officer.

Prasad said at the India Global Forum: “You are operating in India and you are making a lot of money in India… But you will take the position of’I will only be governed by the laws of the United States’… This is obviously Unacceptable.” 2021 event.

“You must be responsible for India’s Constitution and India’s laws.”

The minister also opposed Twitter’s recent brief blockade of a tweet he posted a few years ago because it violated U.S. law, saying that the platform must also comply with Indian law.

Industry executives said India’s dispute with Twitter, coupled with growing dissatisfaction with Facebook’s WhatsApp and Amazon and other US digital giants’ regulatory scrutiny, has worsened the business environment in growth markets.

WhatsApp has 530 million users, and Facebook has 410 million users in India-this is their largest market for global users, and Twitter has 18 million users.

As the dispute with the Indian authorities intensified, Twitter faced at least five police cases in different states. Its non-compliance with the new rules has triggered suggestions that Twitter may no longer enjoy legal protection for user-posted content in India.

On Wednesday, after a lower court protected Twitter’s head of state, Manish Maheshwari, from being arrested for accusations that the platform was used to spread hatred, an Indian state filed a petition in the Supreme Court with the Supreme Court. Questioned.

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Uttar Pradesh police, ruled by Prime Minister Modi’s party, issued a subpoena to Maheshwari this month because they said a video incited “hate and hostility” between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

Twitter and police in Uttar Pradesh declined to comment. Maheshwari did not respond.

According to a court document seen by Reuters, when Maheshwari contacted a lower court, he argued that the investigation involved content on the Twitter platform, which is operated by Twitter and that the company was “established under the laws of the United States of America” and was made public.

The document added that Twitter’s Indian division has no role in the “operation and management of the aforementioned platforms”.

The Uttar Pradesh case involved the dissemination of a video in which some apparently Hindu men beat an elderly man believed to be a Muslim and cut off his beard.

In other cases, some people complained that the map on the Twitter career website described some politically sensitive areas as outside of India, or that child pornography could be seen on its platform.

Twitter has not yet commented on the map case. On Tuesday, it stated that it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation.

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