TWITTER BLOCKS HUNDREDS OF ACCOUNTS, PARTLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S DEMAND


12/02/2021




Selin ATAY-TDO- Popular social media platform Twitter partially complied with the Indian government's instruction, citing the internet law, and shut down some accounts. However, Twitter said that it would not fully comply with the Indian government's request. The closure of more than 1,000 accounts in India for allegedly spreading false information and making "provocative" comments about the actions of farmers had been demanded by the Narendra Modi-led government.

In a statement, Twitter said some of the accounts in question had been suspended within the country but would remain accessible abroad. Twitter also announced that some of the accounts allegedly shared by provocative post had been completely shut down. No information was shared about what accounts were determined to be deleted or geo-restricted for violating the rules of use.

Twitter said that other accounts belonging to individuals or institutions, such as journalists, news bodies, activists, are out of the question. Twitter cited the right to freedom of expression and press enshrined in Indian law as a reason for not closing accounts belonging to the above-mentioned individuals and institutions.

In a statement issued by the government on freedom of expression and the press, it said that freedom of the press is not freedom to spread false information, and Twitter was also ordered to block accounts belonging to media organizations. The New Delhi administration claims Pakistan is behind the accounts, which it considers dangerous. The government, led by Narendra Modi, is threatening Twitter's rulers in India with up to 7 years in prison if their demands are not met.


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