Twitter is attempting to overturn some Indian government orders to remove the content in a legal challenge that alleges official abuse of power according to a source familiar with the matter.
The efforts by the US social media company to obtain a judicial review are part of a growing conflict with New Delhi over content regulation. The Indian IT ministry threatened Twitter with criminal charges if it did not comply with certain orders.
Over the last year, Indian authorities have asked Twitter to take action on content such as accounts supporting an independent Sikh state and dozens of tweets critical of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, India’s IT ministry did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Twitter’s legal action.