“Will the Modi administration respond to Jack Dorsey’s allegations?” Opposition questions
After Jack Dorsey, former CEO and founder of Twitter, claimed that the Narendra Modi administration was pressuring the social networking site with shutdowns and raids during the farmer’s demonstrations, many opposition leaders stood with the former CEO’s statements and attacked the BJP led center government calling it yet another proof of how Modi government is suffocating Indian democracy.
Numerous leaders of the opposition, including Sanjay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena (UBT), Rakesh Tikait of the Farmers Union, and DK Shivakumar of the Congress, criticized the actions taken by the Modi government and said this “indicates the worrying situation of democracy and freedom of speech in India.” When the farmer protests were at their worst, the Centre asked Twitter to block many accounts.
“Will the Modi leadership reply to Jack Dorsey’s indictments? It shows how they choked democracy,” the opposition asks
In an interview with the YouTube channel Breaking Points, Dorsey reaffirmed that the platform had received “many requests” from the Indian government to ban accounts that covered farmer protests and those that were critical of the government.
Opposition leaders hit Modi Government on Dorsey’s remark
Many Opposition leaders stood with the former CEO after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey claimed that the Narendra Modi-led administration was pressuring the social networking site with shutdowns and raids during the farmer’s demonstrations, claiming that “this renders obvious how democratic systems is strigulated” and calling on the government of India to respond.
Youth Congress President’s Tweet
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"During farmer protest, Modi govt pressurized us and said we will shut down your offices, raid your employees' homes, which they did if you don’t follow suit."
– Jack Dorsey, former Twitter CEO pic.twitter.com/tOyCfyDWcz
— Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) June 12, 2023
Sanjay Raut’s statement concerning Dorsey’s claim
“I’ve seen how the nation’s democracy and freedom are in danger and how they choked the democracy behind closed doors. It clarifies things,” Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut said.
Jack Dorsey’s Allegation
In a video interview with the YouTube channel Breaking Points, Dorsey reaffirmed that the platform had received “many requests” from the Indian government to block accounts covering farmers’ protests and those that were critical of the government. Additionally, he claimed that the platform faced “a shutdown” threat as well as raids on the residences of its staff.
Response to Dorsey’s Allegation
In response to Dorsey’s assertions, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated that Twitter was engaging in “repeated and continuous violations of Indian law” under his leadership.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi’s Statement
Priyanka Chaturvedi, a Shiv Sena MP, responded, “Lol! Yes, they broke the law by allowing hate speech and a fervent BJP agenda. However, because it furthered their agenda, there was no crackdown and no problems with compliance. The moment the populace and opposition began to respond by using the platform, the government began to retaliate! So please disregard this brief sermon.”
Rakesh Tikait’s Comment
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait stated, “We knew that the reach we expect from the Facebook and Twitter on farmers’ demonstrations was not coming. At one time, they made an effort to put a stop to it. The head has now made his point very clear. These businesses, however, are not subject to external pressure. The Indian government must have tried. What he said is true,” according to ANI.
DK Shivakumar: “Worrying situation of democracy and freedom of speech in India”
DK Shivakumar, the leader of the Congress, added that Dorsey’s “revelations indicate the worrying situation of democracy and freedom of speech in India.”
Centre requested Twitter to ban various accounts when farmer protests were at their peak
When farmer protests were at their worst in the nation in 2021, the Centre requested Twitter remove nearly 1,200 accounts for alleged “Khalistan” connections. It had previously asked the platform to delete more than 250 accounts.
Meta Description: The opposition supports Jack Dorsey’s claims regarding the farmer protests that took place under Modi’s rule and claims that Modi’s administration blatantly stifles democracy.
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