New Delhi: A complaint has been filed against Twitter India’s Managing Director, Manish Maheswari and a non-profit organisation by the Delhi Police Cyber Cell for allegedly spreading communal hatred.
Advocate Aditya Singh Deshwal filed the complaint and addressed it to DCP Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police. The complaint sought registration of an FIR against Twitter Communications India Prviate Ltd, Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari, Public Policy manager of Twitter India Shagufta Kamran, as well as Armin Navabi and Susanna Macintrye, the founder and CEO respectively of Republic Atheist.
Citing a picture of goddess Kali shared by the handle Atheist Republic, the advocate said that content posted by the Twitter users was not only abusive but has been posted for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred and ill will in society.
“It would also be not out of place to mention here that these posts have been put by the said user deliberately, to outrage the religious feelings of Hindus to insult our religious beliefs,” the advocate was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
“Twitter which is a microblogging website/platform in connivance with Armin Navab and Atheist Republic has been showing this blasphemous content from July 2011. The user profile of Atheist Republic is full of such blasphemous content about Hindu Religion and other religions.
“Twitter on the other hand, as a Significant Social Media Intermediary (SSMN) has taken no steps to remove such content but in a blatant violation of Indian laws has been acting as an accomplice to the crime and showing such blasphemous and insulting content,” the advocate said in his complaint.