The government has warned Twitter that its top executives could face up to seven years in jail along with financial penalties for their failure to remove content and accounts carrying "objectionable and inflammatory content".
A failure to remove this content or inordinate delays in complying with the government's request are seen to be a violation of the country's IT laws, sources told TOI. "We seek compliance, and they have also started agreeing in certain cases. However, in many cases they do remain unresponsive," a government official said.
The warning from the ministry of information technology, which follows 'clearance from the top echelons' within the government, comes just as the global micro-blogging giant faced the heat from a parliamentary standing committee over perceived biases in blocking accounts ahead of the general election. And much against the committee's wish, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey could not be present for the panel's questioning.