According to Twitter’s latest transparency report, it received only 15 post removal requests from the Indian government authorities for the period of July to December 2014. While, Google got 2,794 data requests from the government agencies that were primarily for its online video portal YouTube.
As per an ET report, on the same period Facebook complied with requests to restrict 4,960 pieces of content and professional social networking site LinkedIn was solicited for details of just five user accounts. The authorities have also arrested a larger number of people in the last one year for posting objectionable material on Facebook. Many similar posts were on Twitter also, however, have either gone unnoticed by the government or little concern was shown.
Most of the arrests have taken place under sections 66(A) and 67 of the Information Technology Act, which relate to sending offensive messages through communication service and for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act, etc. in electronic form.
There are an estimated 17 million Twitter users in India, on the other hand Facebook has over 112 million monthly active users in India, while LinkedIn has over 24 million.
“It is also possible that increased local language content and easy sharing of videos and photographs influence decisions about which platform is seen as more likely to facilitate incitement to violence,” said Chinmayi Arun, research director at Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University, Delhi.