The Aarti Tikoo case and Indian edtech’s new lobby

Twitter’s flip-flop with moderation and Indian edtech’s sudden enthusiasm for self-regulation.

Something odd happened this week. The Delhi High Court issued a notice, seeking response from the central government and Twitter in the case of a blocked account. 

Aarti Tikoo, a journalist and founder of news site The New Indian, had filed a plea with the court, stating that on 14 December her cousin participated in a chat on Twitter Spaces (the company’s audio room feature) where he was allegedly called an “Indian agent” and threatened by extremists. Following the chat, Aarti posted a tweet.

Twitter locked her account the same day, saying her post violated its guidelines against hate speech. …


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