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Twitter gets NCW notice to remove porn within week

Thursday, 01 July 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sent a notice to the managing director of Twitter India seeking removal of all pornographic and obscene contents from the platform within a week. 

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner to investigate the matter and take appropriate legal action. In a related development, the Delhi Police has sought details from Twitter of the accounts circulating such material.

“The NCW has taken suo motu cognisance of several profiles on Twitter sharing pornographic content. Rekha  has written to Twitter India MD for immediately removing all such pornographic and obscene content from the platform within a week,” the women’s panel said in a statement.

On a similar complaint earlier, the commission had brought the matter to Twitter’s notice for immediate action. However, no action was reportedly taken by the platform, the NCW said.

The commission is disturbed with the fact that despite knowing the availability of such banned content which not only violates Indian laws but also Twitter’s own policy, no action has been taken till date towards removing them.

“The commission has shared with Twitter details of a few profiles sharing pornographic content on Twitter and has directed to remove all such content within one week. The platform has also been asked to communicate action taken within 10 days,” it said.

Speaking about the case, a Twitter spokesperson said, “Twitter has a zero-tolerance policy for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We will continue to invest in proactive detection & removal of content that violates Twitter rules and work with law enforcement and NGO partners in India to tackle the issue.”

The move comes a day after the Delhi Police registered a case against Twitter on a complaint by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for allegedly allowing access to child sexual abuse material on the social media platform.

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