As the Indian government has asked social networking sites to look for pages that contain any inflammatory message, US officials have asked their Indian counterparts to ensure that Internet freedom as they are taking measures to preserve national security.
Victoria Nuland, a spokesperson for the State Department, spoke of the US government’s efforts to reiterate the importance of the freedom of speech, in saying, “As the Indian government seeks to preserve security, we are urging them also to take into account the importance of freedom of expression in the online world. Our understanding is that the Indian government is working with a number of our companies — Google, Facebook and now Twitter. We stand ready to be helpful if we can, as we always do with our companies, in those conversations.”
This statement comes after the Indian government had asked Twitter to block certain accounts that were responsible for spreading false information or rumors that was the subject of much debate and was also the cause of panic among Indians citizens that were from the North-East part of the country.
With freedom of expression being a key issue in the United States as well, it was also put forth that restrictions placed on the internet wasn’t supported as the aforementioned companies were speaking to the Indian government about the application of Indian law in terms of internet freedom.
What was also emphasized was that of the freedom of expression over the internet and the need to respect it while these companies [Facebook, Google and Twitter] are able to decide whether they can take steps suggested by the Indian government to help calm the environment.