Twitter has said that it is worried about the safety of its staff in India while expressing concerns over freedom of expression.
The development came after Indian police visited Twitter’s office in New Delhi to seek explanation by serving a notice as a tweet from the spokesman of the ruling party–Bharatiya Janata Party–was flagged as manipulated.
“Right now, we are concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve,” Twitter stated.
Twitter further mentioned that they would continue to be strictly guided by principles of transparency, a commitment to empowering every voice on the service, and protecting freedom of expression and privacy under the rule of law.
“We believe that it is the collective responsibility of elected officials, industry, and civil society to safeguard the interests of the public,” it added.
It is important to note that earlier this year, India ordered Twitter to remove tweets critical of the ruling party amid COVID crisis and the ongoing farmer protests against agricultural reforms.