In a recent interview, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made sensational claims regarding the Indian government’s actions during the Farmer Protest.
He alleged that the Indian government requested the shutdown of multiple Twitter accounts, specifically targeting those supporting the farmers and criticizing the government. These claims have sparked controversy and have been seized upon by the opposition Congress party as a political tool.
However, the Indian government has vehemently dismissed these allegations. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar has accused Dorsey of lying, stating that Twitter has repeatedly violated Indian rules and regulations, suggesting that Dorsey’s comments were an attempt to divert attention from Twitter’s own history of non-compliance.
During the interview on a YouTube channel, Dorsey further accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of threatening the twitter. He claimed that the government had made it clear that Twitter would be completely shut down in India and that Twitter employees were even threatened with house searches. Dorsey described these actions as undemocratic.
The Congress party has seized upon Dorsey’s claims to highlight their concerns regarding the Indian government’s handling of the Farmer Protest. Congress national president Srinivas Bivi shared the video of Dorsey’s interview, emphasizing the need for a true democracy.
It is worth noting that the Indian government passed three agriculture laws in 2020, triggering massive protests from farmers across the country. After sustained agitation and widespread support, the Modi government eventually revoked the laws. However, the farmers’ movement continues with a focus on securing a guaranteed minimum support price.
Dorsey’s allegations have caused a stir in political circles, adding fuel to the ongoing debate surrounding the handling of the Farmer Protest and raising questions about the relationship between social media platforms and governments.
As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how these allegations and the responses from the Indian government and opposition parties will impact the ongoing discourse on freedom of expression and the role of social media in democratic societies.
— DNA (@dna) June 13, 2023