Popular social media company, Twitter, has moved the court saying that the Indian government is abusing its authority as it wants many messages going on Twitter to be blocked or removed. When it had made such a demand during the farmers' agitation last year, several messages were taken away. But Twitter refused to remove the statements of several politicians and journalists.
In June 2022, the government has again issued similar orders regarding some messages, but it is not yet known exactly which ones are those objectionable messages. Are they arbitrary remarks of judges or autocratic statements of politicians or casual opinions of ordinary people?
The government objections have been described by the Twitter Company as a violation of freedom of expression. It says that most of the objections are on the statements of opposition leaders. Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav says that the government wants to remove all such messages, which spread hatred in the society, spread misconceptions among people and inblockquote them to violence. Don't know what decision the High Court of Karnataka will give in this matter but in principle Vaishnav's point of view seems right but the real question is how the government alone will decide which message is right and which is wrong? A committee of officers has been given this right, but how many officers are there who have the courage to weigh the instructions of the ministers on their own discretion?
There is every possibility that they will examine each and every message impartially, but the right to take the final decision should be with the same committee, which should be trusted by both ruling party and opposition. There is no doubt that while social media has proved to be very useful for people all over the world, its autocratic messages have also created great uproar. Nowadays, the Prophet-controversy and murders going on in India have happened because of him. It is important that all internet messages and TV channels should be closely monitored so that no one can violate the Lakshman Rekha.
Europe is more agitated than India is today due to the insufficient messages running on social media and TV channels. That is why the Parliament of the European Union has passed two such laws yesterday, under which if companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft violate the dignity of their platforms, then they can be fined up to 10 percent of their total annual income. EU laws will apply to all violations involving religion, colour, race and politics. The Government of India should also make a more strict law but make arrangements to implement it properly.