It began in February with a tweet by pop star Rihanna that sparked widespread condemnation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of massive farmer protests near the capital, souring an already troubled relationship between the government and Twitter.

Moving to contain the backlash, officials hit Twitter with multiple injunctions to block hundreds of tweets critical of the government. Twitter complied with some and resisted others.

Relations between Twitter and Modi’s government have gone downhill ever since.

What does the law say?

At the heart of the standoff is a sweeping internet law that puts digital platforms such as Twitter and Facebook under direct government oversight.

In this February 25, 2021 photo, India’s former IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, left, and former Information and Broadcasting Minister

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