India has denied the claims of Twitter’s Founder and Former CEO Jack Dorsey that it had threatened to shut down the social media platform in the country over non-compliance with its orders.
During an interview with YouTube news show Breaking Points, Dorsey said on Monday that the social media company was threatened with shut downs by the governments of India, Nigeria and Turkey unless it complied with their orders to limit accounts.
“India for example, India is a country that had many requests to us around the farmers protest, around particular journalists that were critical of the government,” Dorsey said during the interview.
“It manifested in ways such as: ‘We will shut Twitter down in India,’ which is a very large market for us; ‘we will raid the homes of your employees,’ which they did; ‘we will shut down your offices if you don’t follow suit.’ And this is India, a democratic country,” he added.
Following the interview, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s Deputy Minister for Information Technology, shared a post on his Twitter account calling Dorsey’s claims an ‘’outright lie’’.
‘’No one went to jail nor was Twitter “shutdown”, he said. ‘’Dorsey’s Twitter regime had a problem accepting the sovereignty of Indian law.’’
He said that the company repeatedly violated the Indian law from 2020 to 2022, and began complying with them in June 2022. The company was acquired by Elon Musk for $44 billion around four months after that.
Below you can find out Chandrasekhar’s full statement.