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India Says Twitter Tries to ‘Dictate Terms’ in Largest Democracy

May 28, 2021, 7:03 AM

The Indian government accused Twitter Inc. of attempting to “dictate terms to the world’s largest democracy” and “defame India to hide their own follies,” escalating their dispute after the social network accused officials of intimidation.

Earlier this week, police officers visited Twitter’s New Delhi premises -- vacated since March 2020 due to the pandemic -- to deliver a notice in the inquiry pertaining to the labeling of posts by senior members of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP. They had tweeted out documents purporting to show opponents strategizing to exploit the coronavirus for political gain. Twitter labeled those posts ...