Police summon Twitter’s India head over assault video

Indian police summoned Twitter’s top local executive over a viral video on the site of a Muslim man being assaulted, with authorities accusing the US social media giant of stoking sectarian tensions.

The order comes as a battle rages between foreign tech giants and the government over new rules on removing and identifying the authors of online material deemed illegal or inflammatory.

According to a notice served to Twitter, its managing director must report to a police station and make a statement within a week.

Police said the platform “let content go viral that promoted enmity between various communities in the state and country.”

The video causing the furor shows an elderly Muslim man forcibly having his beard shaved off.

Last month, Indian police visited Twitter’s offices after the firm labelled tweets by the ruling party’s national spokesman as “manipulated media.” The US company later accused authorities of “intimidation.”

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