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Twitter shares weaker pre-market: Police orders Twitter boss in India for video

Because of a video that went viral, the police in India called in the local Twitter boss.

She accuses the company of inciting violence between the religions, as a police spokesman for the German Press Agency said on Friday.

The video shows how a man is beaten and his beard is cut off. The video was shared by people on Twitter who implied that it was violence by Hindus against a Muslim, the police said. After the video had spread rapidly, the authority said that, according to initial findings, there was no religious background – Twitter had not removed the misleading content. On Thursday, the police asked the Twitter boss in India to report to a police station within seven days and explain the company’s position.

This week, India’s Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Twitter of failing to adhere to new rules and of acting arbitrarily in the fight against fake news. According to the rules that recently came into force, services like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have to name an employee in India whom authorities can contact if they want content removed. This person should be personally liable for published content. The companies would also have to be able to identify the original sender of a content.
If companies do not adhere to this, according to Indian media reports, they could themselves be held responsible for the content of their users and, if necessary, be prosecuted. The Indian government has long tried to monitor expressions of opinion on the Internet more closely.

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The NYSE-listed Twitter share temporarily lost 0.51 percent to 60.40 US dollars in pre-market trading.

 

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