The warning came after the microblogging site refused to take down 1,100 accounts spreading 'misinformation' and 'hatred'.
Speaking in the parliament's upper house, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad warned of strict action against Social Media platforms who are found violating the law of the land, spreading fake news that could lead to violence.
Pointing out specifically at Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and LinkedIn, Prasad said that these social media platforms are free to do business in the country, but they must not be allowed to ignore the provisions of the Indian Constitution.
Prasad further took a dig at the microblogging site Twitter for 'allowing hate messages following the Red Fort violence' on Jan. 26, 2021. He said the platform had restrained from the circulation of such messages following the violent incident at Capitol Hill in the USA.
Prasad also spoke about the portal india.gov.in, which he said has been set up to disseminate factual information about government policies and activities. He also added that the government actively participated in the Election Commission of India's committee, which aims to address the misuse of digital media in the election process.
Twitter had imposed restrictions on some of the Indian accounts but refused to ban some handles completely. According to the social media platform, doing so "would violate their fundamental right to free expression under Indian law," the Scroll reported.