Government Of India Directs Twitter To Block 1,178 Accounts In Fresh Notice

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The Government of India has sent a fresh notice to Twitter ordering to block 1,178 more accounts believed to be linked to the Khalistan sympathizers and those backed by Pakistan as well.

According to news reports the Indian Government sends a new notice to Twitter and the company was yet to reply with the directions. Earlier this month, the IT ministry had asked Twitter to block 257 accounts using the #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide hashtag amid the farmers’ protest, under Section 69A of the IT Act.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) had also warned the social media platform of penal action over non-compliance of its order to remove accounts and tweets which alleged “farmer genocide” in India.

According to the Indian Government all the content with the hashtag “#ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide” was posted on Twitter and was designed to inflame passions and hatred.

The notice states that twitter unilaterally unblocked accounts and tweets despite the government order and that Twitter is an intermediary and is obliged to obey the direction of the government and refusal to do so will invite penal action. The notice further stated that it needs to be mentioned that Section 69A(3) provides for specific penal consequences in case of non-compliance with the directions issued under Section 69A of the Act.

The government further stated that the micro-blogging site as an intermediary under Section 2(1)(w) of the act, is once again directed to block access by the public to the Twitter handles and also to remove hashtag with immediate effect.

News Source -IANS

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