“This was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice,” the police said, adding that “replies” from Maheshwari “have been very ambiguous.”
Twitter did not respond to requests for comment from CNN Business. Twitter does not share user numbers, but according to India, the platform has 17.5 million users in the country.
The Indian government and Twitter have clashed on a handful of issues this year as authorities crack down on dissent in the country. The tension has raised questions about censorship in India and left social media firms such as Twitter in a tough spot
In February, for example, the government ordered Twitter to take down many accounts
as farmers protested Modi’s new agriculture laws.
While Twitter ultimately complied with part of the order, it refused to take action against journalists, activists or politicians.
And in April, the platform removed several tweets
about Covid-19 at the request of the Indian government, including some that were critical of Modi’s handling of a brutal second wave of the pandemic.
Social media giants in India have until the end of this month to comply with new, stricter rules
that were issued earlier this year.
The rules require any social media company to create three roles: a “compliance officer” who will ensure the platform follows local laws; a “grievance officer” who will address complaints from Indian users; and a “contact person” available to Indian law enforcement 24 hours a day.
It’s not clear whether Twitter has filled those roles yet.