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Ghaziabad (in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India) police summoned Twitter Inc’s (NYSE: TWTR) top Indian official Manish Maheshwari to explain for failing to stop the spread of a video that allegedly incited communal tension between Hindu and Muslim, Reuters reports.
The scandal follows the Indian government’s clash with Twitter over non-compliance with new IT rules. As a result, Twitter will be liable to punishment under any law.
Twitter needed to appoint a chief compliance officer, a nodal officer, and a resident grievance officer under the rules. However, the three positions were currently open on Twitter based on LinkedIn.
Twitter acknowledged that it had appointed an interim chief compliance officer.
The police ordered Maheshwari to appear within seven days of the receipt of the summons.
Twitter reportedly failed to counter hatred perpetrated by specific Twitter handles.
Indian IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized Twitter for inaction.
Price action: TWTR shares traded lower by 0.39% at $60.49 on the last check Friday.
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