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In the paper, Twitter outlined five guiding principles for regulation. (file)

New Delhi:

Amid a global debate over social media regulation and control, microblogging platform Twitter on Tuesday cautioned that the ‘open internet’ is at greater risk than ever before, and calls for a coordinated, multi-stakeholder strategy for a free, secure and global defense. Emphasis on need. Open Internet.

In its position paper on ‘Protecting the Open Internet’, Twitter said governments that seek to protect and expand online freedom cannot stand while other countries silence critics, censor journalists and limit access to information. try to block.

“The harassment of service providers’ employees is a worrying norm, accelerated by proposals to hold local employees accountable for decisions rather than a corporate entity,” Twitter said.

The Open Internet is now at greater risk than ever, the paper concluded.

“…the targeting of independent journalists and activists highlights the willingness of some states and actors to use digital policy and manipulation to control political debate,” it said.

The paper further said that since the control of digital infrastructure is increasingly the focus of geopolitical action, these issues cannot be viewed in isolation.

“It is essential that there is a coordinated, multi-stakeholder strategy to respond to these threats and protect a free, secure and global open internet,” it added.

The open internet is not something to be taken lightly; And in the years to come, decisions will be made that define its future, Twitter observed.

“The risk of co-opting and weaponizing policy rhetoric and law language by those seeking to enter an era of techno-nationalism is real,” Twitter said.

In the paper, Twitter outlined five guiding principles for regulation.

“The Open Internet is global, should be available to all, and should be built on open standards and the protection of human rights,” Twitter said.

Trust, it noted, is essential and can be built with transparency, procedural fairness and privacy protections.

“Recommendation and ranking algorithms must be subject to human choice and control,” Twitter said.

It argued that competition, choice and innovation are the foundation of the Open Internet and should be protected and expanded, “ensuring that incumbents are not bound by laws and regulations”.

Twitter said, “Content moderation is more than just dropping or taking away. Regulation should allow for multiple interventions when setting clear definitions for categories of content.”

The US-based company has faced criticism in the past for various actions taken on tweets and accounts of high-profile users and for delays in compliance with India’s new IT regulations soon after the notification of the said norms earlier this year.

Under the new rules, social media companies are required to remove flagged content within 36 hours and content flagged for nudity, pornography etc within 24 hours. The new rules are designed to prevent misuse and abuse of the platform, and offer users. A strong platform for grievance redressal.

“As noted by several voices, the combination of significant administrative penalties for individual pieces of material and the expected removal in a short time period – whether an hour or 24 hours – is particularly important for the removal of material. Corporate incentives make edge cases,” Twitter said.

The social media platform said it affects smaller companies and new services more, which have more limited resources to prosecute or pay fines.

Twitter’s paper said these frameworks should be strengthened, independent of processes and free from political interference, while allowing civil society participation.

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