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Complaint against Twitter India, Manish Maheshwari for ‘objectionable tweets’ on Hindu deity

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Since the deadline for complying with the IT Rules has passed, several police cases have been registered against Twitter India and its MD.  Another complaint has been filed against Twitter India's Managing Director Manish Maheshwari and others, this time with the Delhi Police for the alleged objectionable depiction of Hindu gods by an account on the platform. Maheshwari and Twitter India's Shagufta Kamran were named in the complaint due to the alleged inaction of the platform in removing the posts. The complaint by advocate Aditya Singh Deshwal, a copy of which MediaNama has seen, said that a Twitter account named the Atheist Republic shared an "objectionable graphic/cartoon of Hindu Goddess Maa Kali". Deshwal said that Twitter, which is a significant social media intermediary (SSMI) as per the IT Rules, did not take action against the account or remove the content. Based on this, Deshwal filed a complaint against — Twitter Communication India Private Limited Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director of Twitter India Shagufta Kamra, Public Policy Manager, Twitter Armin Navabi, founder of Atheist Republic Susanna Mcintyre, CEO of Atheist Republic The complaint was filed under Sections, 153A, 295A, 298, 505, 107 of India Penal Code, 1860 and Section 67, 67A read with 79(3) of the Information Technology Act. Attempts to reach Delhi Police officials did not evoke any response and it is not yet clear whether an FIR has been registered in this regard. MediaNama has reached to Twitter, and the post will be updated when a response is received. The…

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