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Twitter pursues judicial review of Indian content takedown orders – source

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NEW DELHI, July 5 (Reuters) – Twitter is seeking to overturn certain Indian government orders to remove content, a source familiar with the matter said, in a legal challenge alleging abuse of power by officials .

The US social media company’s bid for judicial review is part of a growing confrontation with New Delhi over content regulation. Twitter has been warned by India’s IT ministry of criminal prosecution if it fails to comply with certain orders.

Twitter has been urged by Indian authorities over the past year to act on content, including accounts supporting an independent Sikh state and dozens of tweets that criticized the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

India’s IT ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Twitter’s legal decision on Tuesday.

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Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in New Delhi; Editing by Alexander Smith

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