Karnataka HC permits social media platforms to file ‘blocking orders’ in a sealed envelope

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The Karnataka High Court (HC) on Tuesday (July 26) allowed the microblogging platform Twitter to present various ‘blocking orders’ issued by the union government in a sealed envelope before it.

A single-judge bench led by Justice Krishna S Dixit also directed Twitter to share the documents with the government’s counsel. The orders were issued during a hearing on a writ petition filed by Twitter challenging the legality of a series of “blocking orders” issued by authorities under the Information Technology Act of 2000. Advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued on Twitter’s behalf that the government had failed to record the reasons for ordering the closure of accounts. “We must explain to account holders why their accounts have been blocked.” If this continues, our entire business will be forced to close,” Rohatgi was quoted as saying.

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Karnataka HC permits social media platforms to file ‘blocking orders’ in a sealed envelope

The Karnataka High Court (HC) on Tuesday (July 26) allowed the microblogging platform Twitter to present various ‘blocking orders’ issued by the union government in a sealed envelope before it.

A single-judge bench led by Justice Krishna S Dixit also directed Twitter to share the documents with the government’s counsel. The orders were issued during a hearing on a writ petition filed by Twitter challenging the legality of a series of “blocking orders” issued by authorities under the Information Technology Act of 2000. Advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued on Twitter’s behalf that the government had failed to record the reasons for ordering the closure of accounts. “We must explain to account holders why their accounts have been blocked.” If this continues, our entire business will be forced to close,” Rohatgi was quoted as saying.

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