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Tweets by Scientist and Columnist Anand Ranganathan critical of judiciary blocked from being read in India

Author: OpIndia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: November 27, 2018
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2018/11/tweets-by-scientist-and-columnist-anand-ranganathan-critical-of-judiciary-blocked-from-being-read-in-india/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Twitter is fast becoming a platform where ideological battles are fought. Several people take to the platform to express their thoughts on various subjects that impact national and international issues. Scientist and columnist Anand Ranganathan too, much like everyone else, uses the platform to express his views on politics, judiciary, society, etc.

A free speech absolutist, while criticising the use of left “activist” Rehana Fatima today, Anand Ranganathan got a rude shock. He realised that some of his tweets in the Twitter thread where he had criticised the use of draconian laws to stifle free speech, certain tweets of his were missing.

It turns out that certain tweets of his were withheld in India. The reason that is being displayed to users reads “This tweet from @ARanganathan71 has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand”.
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Anand Ranganathan @ARanganathan72

Sedition cases filed in two cities against @divyaspandana for her cheeky tweet. Ridiculous. I know that by law there Isn't unfettered Freedom of Expression In our country - thanks mostly to @INCindia - but this is taking too far.
#IStandWithDivya

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This Tweet from @ARanganathan72 has been withheld In India In response to a legal demand. Learn more
This Tweet from @ARanganathan72 has been withheld In India In response to a legal demand. Learn more
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Livid, Anand Ranganathan tweeted questioning Twitter India about the reasons his tweets were withheld.
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Anand Ranganathan @ARanganathan72
Replying to @ARanganathan72
Excuse me? What 'Legal Demand, @TwitterIndia? And may I know who made this demand? Your 'Learn more' doesn't mention anything.
My tweet is merely reporting a fact regarding the contempt notice to @vivekagnihotri. This is unbelievable. And I repeat: I stand with Vivek.
3:09 PM - Nov 27, 2018

Anand Ranganathan @ARanganathan72
Nov 5
Your Tweet has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand. Learn more
Justice Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court has just slapped @vivekagnihotri with a Criminal Contempt of Court notice for his tweet-thread on the Gautam Navlakha judgment.
RIP Safety Valve of Democracy.
I stand with Vivek Agnihotri.
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The two tweets which have been withheld evidently in response to legal demand were criticising the contempt of court notices that were earlier served to S Gurumurthy and Vivek Agnihotri.

According to the Twitter help page, a user would see such a message if the tweet was withheld vide a legal demand, like a court order.
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How do you know if content has been withheld and why?
Withheld Tweets:
This Tweet from @username has been withheld in <country> in response to a legal demand.
If you see the above message, it means Twitter was compelled to withhold the original Tweet In response to a valid legal demand, such as a court order.
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The Twitter rules also specify that Twitter would inform the affected user of their content being withheld unless they are prohibited to do so vide a court order under seal.
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Transparency is vital to protecting freedom of expression, so we have a notice policy for withheld content. Upon receipt of requests to withhold content, we will promptly notify effected users unless we are prohibited tram doing so (e.g., If we receive a court order under seal). We also clearly indicate within the product when content has been withheld and publish requests to withhold content on Lumen—unless, similar to our practice of notifying users, we are prohibited from doing so.
We strongly believe that the open and free exchange of information has a positive global impact, and that the Tweets must continue to flow.
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For now, it would seem like the tweets against the contempt of court notices served to S Gurumurthy and Vivek Agnihotri was withheld vide the instructions of the honourable court.

Anand Ranganathan has tweeted again and it’s to be seen if the tweet will be withheld again. We’d update this article without prejudice to any party when there’s a new development in the case.
 
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