Meanwhile in India, Twitter is being accused by the government of deliberate non-compliance with sweeping new regulations that police social media. Social media companies must now erase content that authorities deem unlawful, comply with government takedown orders, help with police investigations and identify the originators of “mischievous information.” Social media companies now face legal action and their employees risk prison time if they refuse to comply with the takedown directives.
The lack of governance and accountability over social media platforms such as Twitter has been a serious concern over the last five years. However the moves in Nigeria and India seem to be using this legitimate concern as a pretext for suppressing inconvenient dissent, and exerting control over social media in a way that erodes citizens’ rights of expression. For example, Twitter has been directed to take down several tweets criticising the Indian government response to the pandemic. When seen in conjunction with events in Nigeria, government manipulation of the online sphere, posing as governance, risks becoming a growing trend.
Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/06/07/nigeria-twitter-ban-dictatorship/
India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws https://apnews.com/article/india-data-privacy-health-coronavirus-pandemic-technology-cbb9df1b45736d35923f0611f091d347