If one thing is certain, it is the fact that India is a very conservative society. However, the decision to come down heavily on several tech companies is not about that. In reality, it’s about the Indian government holding many of these tech companies to ransom.
What Leverage Does India Have?
In the wake of the Indian Farmers protest, the Indian administrators have implemented heavy sanctions against the likes of Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and a few other tech giants.
From the Indian government’s stance, many of these sanctions are hinged on the fact that these companies allow the use of their platform for activities that threaten the national security of the Asian nation.
As a result, they have put up several sanctions against many of these tech companies. However, India is only able to go down this route because of the leverage it has.
For one, this nation has the leverage of population. With well over 750 million residents and counting, India is a major commercial landscape for many of these tech giants. This is because returns on investment in India will undoubtedly be massive.
Secondly, the nation of India is blessed with many local tech industries that can stand up to the occasion. As a matter of fact, the sanctions placed on the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok have led to the growth of similar local tech companies like Koo.
The Imminent Threat
With almost nothing to lose, the imminent threat is that the Indian nation will be highly against free speech with local tech companies taking the reins.
This is the situation with many of the news outlets in the country as they give one-sided information of events. A typical example can be observed with the farmer’s protest.
The reason is that many of these news outlets are owned by government officials and people with alliances with political officeholders. It is only hoped that this is not the narrative for the social media space in India.