Former Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey has alleged that the Indian government threatened to shut the platform and raid employees’ houses in the country.
In an interview with a US-based YouTube channel, Mr Dorsey said India requested the removal of several tweets and accounts linked to the farmers’ protest in 2020.
Twitter was also asked to censor journalists critical of the government, he alleged.
India has denied the allegations and accused Twitter of violating laws.
“This is an outright lie… Perhaps an attempt to brush out that very dubious period of Twitter’s history,” federal minister Rajeev Chandrashekar tweeted on Tuesday.
“No one went to jail nor was Twitter ‘shutdown’. Dorsey’s Twitter regime had a problem accepting the sovereignty of Indian law. It behaved as if the laws of India did not apply to it.”
Mr Dorsey’s comments – made to the American news series Breaking Points – are the latest in an already troubled relationship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Twitter.
It also comes at a time when the platform has been caught up in an intensifying debate on its role in supporting principles of free speech amid demands in several countries to control Twittter’s influence.
BBC / Titilayo Kupoliyi