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Twitter Responds To India's Notice Seeking Action Against Accounts On Farmers' Protest

BP World Bureau | Feb 10 2021 11:16:43 AM
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NEW DELHI: Micro-blogging site Twitter said that it had withheld a portion of the accounts within India.

This is in response to the central government's order to block 1,178 accounts for allegedly spreading misinformation on the farmer protests and "Khalistani" contents. 

Twitter did not take any action on accounts of media, journalists, activists, and politicians because they are protected under their right to free speech and expression. 

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The Centre asked Twitter to remove 1,178 listed handles that it said belonged to Pakistani and Khalistani users who are spreading wrong information. 

Twitter gave its response to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Twitter was served with several separate blocking orders by the Ministry under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Twitter said that the site has withheld a portion of the accounts identified in the blocking orders under "our Country Withheld Content policy within" India.