Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of the micro-blogging platform Twitter, made startling revelations saying that the Indian government made several requests to block accounts of those who were covering farmer protests and have been critical of the Government. The claims were made by him against the Indian Government during an interview on the YouTube Channel Breaking Points on Monday.
Jack Dorsey reveals the face of the world’s largest democracy
The former Twitter CEO, who stepped down from the Board of the Company last year, was replying to a question where he was asked if he had faced pressure from any foreign government during his tenure, responded saying, “India for example, India is one of the countries which had many requests around farmers protests, around particular journalists which were critical of the government, and it manifested in ways such as ‘we will shut Twitter down in India’… ‘we would raid the homes of your employees’, which they did; ‘we will shut down your offices if you don’t follow suit’. And this is India, a democratic country.”
According to Jack Dorsey, Turkey behaved similarly – like India. The Turkish government, too, threatened to shut down Twitter, which often got engaged in court battles with the government and won, he added.
Response from the Indian Government to the allegations
Even though there haven’t been any official statements released by the India Government spokesperson on the issue, Union IT Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar from the India Government reacted to the comment on Twitter claiming, “outright lie by Jack Dorsey, perhaps an attempt to brush out a dubious period of Twitter’s history”.
Jack Dorsey, who quit as Twitter CEO in 2021, also cited governments in Turkey and Nigeria, which had restricted the platform in their nations at different points over the years before lifting the bans. Turkey, he said, acted “similarly” (like India). Several Opposition leaders reacted to the news with Congress leaders claiming that the true face of the largest Democracy in the World has been revealed.
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