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Twitter blocks accounts including The Caravan, Kisan Ekta Morcha following direction from IT Ministry ;restores after hours

Lawstreet Journal 5 Feb 2021 8:48pm

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Microblogging site Twitter on Monday, 1st February, 2021 blocked several accounts in India and on its platform including those linked with the ongoing farmers' protest against the Centre three farm laws. Twitter said its action was in response to a legal demand.

Upon searching for accounts including Kisan Ekta Morcha (@Kisanektamorcha), BKU Ekta Urgahan  (@Bkuektaugrahan), The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) a message saying account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand was displayed.

Citing sources, PTI reported that Twitter has blocked 250 handles and posts for allegedly containing false and provocative content related to the ongoing farmers protest against the three farm laws.

Apart from these, several individuals and organisational accounts including that of media organisations such as The Caravan, Prasar Bharti CEO Sashi Shekhar Vempati, activist Hansraj Meena, actor Sushant Singh, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Jarnail Singh, and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammed Salim were also withheld, a report in The Indian Express said. 

According to these sources, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) directed Twitter to block around 250 tweets/Twitter accounts that were allegedly making fake, intimidatory and provocative tweets on 30 January with hashtags accusing the Modi government of planning farmers genocide without any further substantiation.

The move came at the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and law enforcement agencies to prevent any escalation of law and order in view of the ongoing farmers protest, the sources said, adding that these tweets/accounts have now been blocked.

Among the accounts blocked were Kisan… Continue Reading...


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