Twitter banned 250 accounts linked with farmers’ protests
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under the Opaque Section 69A of the Information Technology Act outlawed it.
Sources reported that the request had come from the Home Ministry.
Most of the accounts belonging to media organizations, media, and groups, as-well-as forbid individual accounts associated with the ongoing farm-laws protest near the NCR.
It started on February 1 amid the increasing affront on Twitter, as many accounts posting fake and provocative tweets related to the farmers’ protest.
The Government sources added that most of the accounts correlated to hashtag, #modiplanningfarmergenocide were discarded.
The request by the Ministry and Government agencies was in a view to avoiding any intensification of law and order with the continuous farmer bustle.
One account that got banned includes the Caravan Magazine, with Delhi Police filing an FIR against the editors, who alleged the spread of falsification, and misleading information related to the death of a protester lately on the eve of Republic day tractor rally harshness in Delhi.
The leader of the Communist Party of India, Mohammad Salim’s Twitter account, and many of those that resemble to relate to the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s, Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, Ekta Urgahan, and Kisan Ekta Morcha were also banned.
The CPM tweeted. “@salimdotcomrade’s account has been suspended by @Twitter. Multiple popular Twitter accounts, which were championing the cause of the farmers, have been withheld by Twitter citing some “legal” request. We condemn this & demand the suspensions to be removed immediately,”
CPIM PBM @salimdotcomrade ‘s account has been suspended by @Twitter. Multiple popular Twitter accounts, which were championing the cause of the farmers have been withheld by Twitter citing some “legal” request. We condemn this & demand the suspensions to be removed immediately.
— CPI(M) WEST BENGAL (@CPIM_WESTBENGAL) February 1, 2021
Twitter, in an abstract on the policies directing it, states, “If you see the above message [announcing that an account has been withheld], intends it compelled Twitter to withhold the entire account specified (e.g., @username) in acknowledgment to a valid legal demand, such as a court order.”
Among those who can request for an account to be removed are “government official, a law enforcement agent, or other third-party intending to submit a valid legal request” Twitter responds.
It is not clear yet if it exerted the aforementioned action concerning the withholding of accounts following a single-day request or over one.
Every account that got blocked has this highlight, ‘Account withheld’.
and the second line says, ‘your account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand’.
Twitter stated in its statement. “As per Twitter policies that govern, content (including accounts) might be withheld if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity. Such withholdings will be limited to the specific jurisdiction that has issued the valid legal demand or where the content has been found to violate local laws.”
In circumstantial, the death of a farmer at the ITO junction in central Delhi was mentioned by several reporters and activists.
Among them, Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, as-well-as it has filed several others a case for posts and comments on this matter.
The Delhi Police said on Saturday, “They posted fake, misleading, and untrue information regarding unfortunate death of the tractor driver in an accident to instigate violence amongst protestors”.
The center also extended till Tuesday a prohibition on internet services at those farmer protest places along the Delhi border like Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu.
The Home Ministry announced yesterday, which stated it was
“necessary and expedient.”
“The government does not want facts to reach the protesting farmers… It is fearful of the coordinated work of the farmers’ unions across different protest sites.. this is undemocratic and illegal,” it said.
Sources also reported that when the Twitter executives were inquired, about who gave them the banning claims, in which they answered, that they had to withhold it provisionally as there was a copyright issue concerning a picture Mr. Shah had posted when they blocked Home Minister Amit Shah’s account in November.