Twitter makes use of IT Act to say immunity in Islamophobia case

(This story initially appeared in on Oct 02, 2020)

HYDERABAD: Twitter India stated on Thursday it had taken motion in opposition to 23 lakh accounts for violating its insurance policies and suspended 8.72 lakh accounts in 2019. As many as 29 lakh offensive posts have been additionally eliminated between July and December final 12 months by its guidelines enforcement part for posting materials spreading hatred amongst folks, Twitter claimed.

In reference to the Islamophobia case, Twitter’s senior counsel (litigation and regulatory), Micah L Rubbo, knowledgeable the Telangana HC that the social networking website is simply an middleman and never an originator of the messages posted. Claiming immunity underneath Sec 79 of the Data Expertise Act, Micah stated an middleman can’t be held accountable.

The court docket was listening to a PIL filed by advocate Khaja Aijazuddin who dropped at the discover of the court docket the hate-filled posts in opposition to Islam and Muslims instantly after the outbreak of Covid-19 in India. These hate posts have been carried on Twitter with scores of hashtags like #Islamiccoronavirusjihad, #Coronajihad, #Tablighijamat, #Nizamuddinidiots, #Tablighi Jamat Virus’, and so forth.

Stating that each one such hate posts have been faraway from Twitter instantly upon noticing them, Micah stated this was completed after an alert from Twitter’s algorithm about unacceptable posts that violate the social networking service’s insurance policies.

“Twitter is a world web site for self-expression of its customers to speak and keep linked by means of small messages, generally with photos or movies. For the hate posts which are questioned right here, Twitter isn’t the writer nor did it publish these hashtags and tweets,” he defined.

Stating that every person contractually agrees to the phrases of Twitter earlier than utilizing the service, Micah stated: “It’s the person who owns the accountability for the results of his or her publish.” Twitter additionally contended that the petition in opposition to it was not maintainable as a result of it was registered within the US.

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