Twitter Bows Down To Indian Government: Suspends Accounts, Again!

Must Read

Hands-Free Resources: How Businesses Are Using AR to Make Workplaces Safe and Productive

The role of efficiency and ease in the modern world has become forefronted when it comes to technology, particularly...

3 Most Common Mistakes Social Media Marketers Are Committing In 2016

In their quest for greater sales and increased ROI, the self-appointed “digital marketing guru” has lost touch with what...

NPCI’s Voice-Based Payment Solution Could Be a Game Changer

The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), known for developing and managing first of its kind Unified Payment Interface...

Under severe pressure from the government, Twitter has finally given up. According to the latest media report, the micro-blogging social platform has once again started blocking many accounts that the Indian government has flagged for “carrying inflammatory and divisive comments“.

After nearly a week of tug of war, Twitter has apparently realised the damages it could have by not complying with the government orders.

Overall 709 Twitter accounts are blocked, again, as reported by TOI. Of those, 126 accounts have tweeted with hashtag #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide. There are another 131 accounts under threat of getting blocked as the similar hashtags were tweeted from those accounts as well.

Advertisements

There are another 1,1179 accounts the government is suspecting to have links with Khalistani and Pakistani elements and wants Twitter to shut them down for now. However, instead of following the directive blindly, Twitter has deactivated 538 of such accounts and may penalise others soon.

Twitter’s decision to to restoring those suspended accounts has put the micro-social network in a direct conflict with the Indian government. On February 1, 2020 Indian government asked the network to suspend hundreds of accounts suspected of having links with unwelcome outfits. With few hours of Twitter blocking few accounts, including Caravan Magazine and Kisan Ekta Morcha, a huge uproar against such action pushed Twitter back on its decision.

On February 4, the Indian regulators had issued a separate notice, requesting it to remove over 1,000 accounts flagged by the country’s security agencies as those belonging to Khalistan and Pakistani sympathisers.

Criticism for actions on their respective parts having copped, the decision then by the San Francisco Company to unblock withheld accounts—which included Kisan Ekta Morcha and The Caravan magazine’s Twitter handles for constituting “free speech” and being “newsworthy” is what has ignited the Indian government’s ire.

The situation was tensed enough and the government was no mood to take it lightly. Ravi Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, warned Twitter to face strict action under section 69A of the IT Act.

Advertisements

The Act allows the government to block any company from operating in India, besides arresting their officials and slapping hefty fine. The government exercised the same act while blocking 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, in the mid of last year.

After the initial resistance, Twitter has finally given up to the demand of the Indian government and once again started blocking those accounts that the government doesn’t want to be active anymore. The US-based micro-social network has also assured the government to look at the concerns and take the stock of the content being tweeted by all the Twitter accounts from India.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Apple Is Slowly, But Steadily, Winning India Market: Records Double-Digit Growth In Q2 2021

Looks like the strategy to launch multiple variants of the iPhone 12 series is helping Apple to strengthen its...

In-Depth: Dprime

Will ‘TikTok By Microsoft’ Be A Winner?

For the last two years, TikTok has been in the public eye for all sorts of reasons. First, it was the exploded and unparalleled...

Facebook Subscription Model: Looking Beyond Ad Dollars?

Seldom do job listings create a stir this gripping. However, when the job listing in question is a stealth post from Twitter, with a...

Will The Online Food Delivery Market in India End Up Becoming A Two-Horse Race?

It's pretty much evident that the food delivery space in India is all set to get riled up soon enough as one of the...

More Articles Like This