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  • India has requested Twitter to take down 1,178 accounts, know-how ministry sources say
  • Nation says the accounts have been allegedly backed by Pakistan or operated by sympathisers of a separatist Sikh motion 
  • Many of those accounts have been “sharing, amplifying misinformation and provocative content on the ongoing farmers’ protests,” govt says

NEW DELHI: India has requested in style micro-blogging web site Twitter Inc to take away 1,178 accounts which the nation says are allegedly backed by Pakistan or operated by sympathisers of a separatist Sikh motion, two know-how ministry sources mentioned on Monday.

India’s safety companies mentioned among the accounts have been being operated from exterior of the nation, one of many sources mentioned, declining to be named because the order isn’t public. The order additionally concerned the Twitter accounts of some supporters of the motion for an unbiased Sikh homeland referred to as Khalistan.

Many of those accounts have been sharing and amplifying misinformation and provocative content material on the continued farmers’ protests, the supply added.

Tens of 1000’s of farmers have camped on the outskirts of India’s capital New Delhi for months demanding the withdrawal of recent agriculture legal guidelines.

Twitter has but to adjust to the federal government order, which was issued on Feb. 4, the sources mentioned.

Learn extra: India tells Twitter to adjust to account blocking orders: supply

India’s IT ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark

Twitter didn’t verify or deny whether or not it had complied with the federal government’s newest order however mentioned it critiques content material beneath its guidelines and native legal guidelines when it receives a authorized request about probably unlawful posts.

“If the content violates Twitter’s Rules, the content will be removed from the service,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement. “If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in the location only.”

The U.S. social media agency additionally mentioned it rigorously critiques authorized requests which can be looking for to limit freedom of expression, including that it takes further care to evaluation requests associated to journalists or political speech.

Farmers are protesting in demand of the withdrawal of recent agriculture legal guidelines they are saying profit non-public consumers on the expense of growers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities says the reforms open up new alternatives for farmers.

Twitter earlier this month refused to adjust to an Indian authorities directive to dam greater than 250 accounts and posts, a transfer which has put the social media big on the centre of a political firestorm in one in every of its key markets.

Its CEO Jack Dorsey kicked up a storm in India final week after he appreciated a tweet suggesting the corporate ought to think about introducing a farmer protest emoji.

Learn extra: Twitter lifts restrictions on accounts protecting India’s farmer protests

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