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Twitter India’s head queried by police for refusing to remove video inciting violence

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A top executive at Twitter’s Indian branch has received a police notice asking him to appear for questioning in Ghaziabad, after local authorities said the platform stoked communal hatred by refusing to remove a violent video.

Manish Maheshwari, Twitter India’s managing director, was given one week to provide an in-person statement at a police station in Ghaziabad’s Loni district, according to a notice obtained by local media.

He was asked to answer for controversial footage showing the beating of an elderly Muslim man earlier this month, which quickly stoked controversy on the platform.

“Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter Inc. did not take any action against it,” the notice said.

It added that the company allowed “anti-social messages” to go viral.

The move comes just days after Twitter was named in a separate complaint over the video, which was also directed at several prominent journalists and politicians who shared it.

The new notice also singled out actress Swara Bhaskar for the same reason.

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