Twitter can’t seek protection under Article 19, Don’t Give Relief: Centre To Karnataka HC

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The American microblogging service Twitter cannot claim protection under Article 19 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression, according to the Centre’s submission to the Karnataka High Court in Bengaluru.

According to a submission made on Thursday to the High Court by the federal government’s Additional Solicitor General (South) R. Sankaranarayanan, Article 19 of the Constitution only grants freedom of speech and expression to Indian individuals, not to foreigners or foreign organisations.

Between February 2, 2021, until February 28, 2022, Twitter contested the government’s blocking orders. The orders “are arbitrary,” according to the American microblogging service, it claimed.

“Because Twitter is a foreign corporation, it is not eligible for protection under Article 19. Nothing in Article 14 is arbitrarily applied, and Section 69 (A) is correctly implemented “According to the Assistant Solicitor General, the court should not provide Twitter any relief.

On April 10, the matter has been postponed.

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