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India's IT Minister Soothes Public Fears Over Twitter Ban Amid Digital Rules Row

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Earlier this week, Twitter lost its legal protection status in India, where it has over 17.5 million users, due to non-compliance with new IT rules. The development sparked worries that the platform could be banned from the country altogether.

Indian Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said the government is not considering banning any social networking platform.

"Norms are norms which the social media platforms need to follow. We are not into the banning of any social media platforms," Prasad told the Indian news agency ANI.

The minister also tweeted a clip from his interview.

Prasad's statement comes as Twitter's future in India remains uncertain – India blocked over 250 Chinese apps last year, citing national security reasons. 

26 April 2017 file photo showing the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Reporters at the online news site Insider have been told to take a week off from tweeting at work and to keep TweetDeck off their computer screens. The idea of disengaging is to kick away a crutch for the journalists and escape from the echo chamber, said Julie Zeveloff West, Insider's editor-in-chief for the US. - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.02.2021
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Twitter failed to comply with India's IT laws – even after the country extended the 25 May deadline to give the company more time to adjust – and lost its legal protection status as a result. 

The platform was then hit with its first legal case in India – in Uttar Pradesh state's Ghaziabad city, Twitter was named in a police complaint for spreading communal unrest in the region. It's now facing a probe for allowing a video showing an elderly Muslim man being beaten to go viral and not acting on user complaints.

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