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Is Twitter India capable of taking down content from platform? Karnataka High Court asks UP Police

Earlier, the court had passed an interim order restraining UP Police from initiating any coercive action against Twitter India's Maheshwari over the Ghaziabad viral video case. Twitter India is not an intermediary under Section 79 of the IT Act and thus, is not liable to comply with the IT Act 2000 and Information Technology Rules 2021, said Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari's counsel at a Karnataka High Court hearing. In the same hearing, the Karnataka High Court criticised Uttar Pradesh Police for not affirming the 'basic facts' in the Ghaziabad assault video case wherein both Twitter Inc and Twitter India have been named as accused. The UP Police has been insisting on Maheshwari's appearance at the police station as part of its investigation of posts on the Ghaziabad assault case. The single-judge bench of Justice G Narender took cognisance that Twitter Inc and Twitter India were different entities, and questioned whether the latter was 'capable of taking down the content'. The bench also noted that Maheshwari had stated that Twitter India has no control over the content on the platform. UP Police issued notice under Sec 160 CrPC; he (Maheshwari) has responded saying he has no control over the content and pleaded inability. Have you even ascertained whether Twitter India is capable of controlling the content? — Justice G Narender Justice Narender criticised the UP Police's counsel Prasanna Kumar for unsatisfactory responses when questioned in this regard. "Unless you can show Maheshwari was the one who uploaded the content…

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