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NCW asks Twitter to remove all pornographic and obscene content within 7 days

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After the Delhi Police booked Twitter for allegedly allowing access to child pornography on its platform, the National Commission for Women has now directed the social media giant’s managing director to remove all pornographic and obscene content from the platform within a week.

In a statement, the commission said, “The NCW has taken suo motu cognisance of several profiles on Twitter sharing pornographic content. Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to managing director, Twitter India, for immediately removing all such pornographic and obscene content from the platform within a week.”

“The commission has shared with Twitter details of a few profiles sharing pornographic content on Twitter and has directed to remove all such content within one week. The platform has also been asked to communicate action taken within 10 days,” it said.

Sharma has also written to Delhi Police to probe the matter and initiate appropriate legal action. The women’s panel said that earlier too, it had brought the matter to Twitter’s notice upon receiving a similar complaint. The panel, however, said that no action was reportedly taken by the microblogging website.

Twitter’s tussle with govt

Twitter is fighting a bitter battle with the Indian government over the new IT rules that it had so far not complied with. Due to the non-compliance, it has lost the protection that significant social media intermediaries enjoy.

Several FIRs have been registered against the company and its officials for alleged violation of Indian laws. Two of the FIRs have been registered by the UP Police. While one FIR was registered for not taking any action on a viral video that showed a Muslim man being beaten up by a group, the second FIR pertains to distorted political map of India that was available on the ‘Tweep Life’ section that showed Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir as a separate country.

 

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