Twitter India head faces trouble with the authorities faces for content filtering


Twitter India’s top executive tweeted a poster on the microblogging website that was seen as alluding to the trouble the social media giant is facing with the authorities in India.

Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari, who posted the slogan poster on Friday, was criticized by the Delhi Police yesterday for allegedly trying to dodge queries on content filtering and on the grounds that he was merely a sales head and had no role in operations linked to content.

“It’s going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible (sic),” Maheshwari tweeted today, in what was seen as an acknowledgment of the choppy waters on which Twitter has to navigate in India right now.

Hours later, Maheshwari on a lighter note, tweeted an epilogue to his poster post: “I meant spending the weekend without the internet. My home broadband is down. Any other option @NetflixIndia?”

Yesterday, Maheshwari was singled out in a statement by the Delhi Police for allegedly taking “a path of evasiveness instead of cooperation.”

“Twitter India’s subsidiary, TCIPL’s Managing Director, chose to adopt a path of evasiveness instead of cooperation. Initially, Twitter India Managing Director stated in his response that he was merely a sales head, had no role whatsoever in any operations relating to the content and thereby refused to join the inquiry. It is to be noted that Twitter India’s stance that its Managing Director is a mere sales head runs contrary to his very own previous press interviews wherein he elaborately discussed Twitter’s plan to devise methods to identify abusive/manipulative content. The interview makes it clear that Twitter India’s convoluted stance is similar to a deer caught in the headlights,” the police said yesterday.