Twitter has been involved in a tense battle with the Indian government, which has often asked it to restrict content alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is trying to silence criticism, including of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The refusal to comply demonstrates Twitter's lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for people of India on its platforms," its notice said.
The initiative was rolled out with an animated video which visually communicates the negative impact that the circulation of child abuse content could have on the child who's the subject of such content, even if it's about condemning the act.
The ministry cited previous calls to curb "false news and misinformation" about the pandemic on social media as a basis for the order. It argued that the World Health Organisation did not link any country to the B.1.617 variant.