KARACHI: Amid ongoing farmers’ protests in India, a fire broke out on Twitter on Monday over allegations that the Narendra Modi government banned access to movement by various people on a micro-blogging platform.
According to a local fact that initially reported the development, Twitter later lifted restrictions on coverage of India’s growing and controversial farmers’ protests.
“All accounts are back,” Alt News co-founder and fact checker Muhammad Zubair wrote Monday evening.
Access to major Twitter accounts – including publications, actors and left-wing politicians – was blocked on Monday morning by the tech company without any announcement or notification, Zubair said at least 16 pages of farmer protests in India. About reporting and covering them. Were limited.
Zubair said the accounts included a magazine on politics and culture, The Caravan, 48-year-old Indian actor Sushant Singh (not to be confused with the late Sushant Singh Rajput), Muslim activist Asif Khan, author Hansraj Meena, Perdy Account; EPP Rifldon. , Tractor Two included. Twitter campaign, Kisan Ekta Morcha Tehreek, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi legislator General Singh, AAP executive member Preeti Sharma Menon, AAM social media team member Aarti, Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Puducherry ), CPI (M) leader Muhammad Saleem, columnist Sanjukat Basu, کسانJutt_Junction, Indian Farmers Union (Ekta) in Ugrahan, and Shashi Shekhar Wempati, CEO of broadcaster Prasar Bharati.
Screenshots of the accounts, to which they had limited access, indicated in a Twitter message that “they have been detained in India in response to a legal request.” However, they are accessible from Pakistan.
People reacted to the development, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter Safety, Twitter’s Director of Policy for India, Mahima Cole, and microblogging platform global leader in policy, strategy and development, Nick Pixels. Tagged
‘Modi is running India on earth’
‘At the behest of the Indian government’
‘Non-calculated large tech platform’
‘Dozens of Twitter accounts’
Twitter ‘help dictatorial government’
‘What is happening?’
BuzzFeed Tech spokesperson Pranava Dixit tweeted that a Twitter spokesperson “refused to speak to me on record despite numerous requests for greater transparency”.
Transparency ‘important for the protection of freedom of expression’
However, it issued a statement, citing laws from various countries, stating that “if it has received an appropriate scope application from an authorized body, it may periodically release certain material in a particular country.” It may be necessary to block access. “
“Transparency is essential to protecting freedom of expression, so we have a notice policy for withheld content. Upon receipt of requests to withhold content, we will notify affected account holders immediately (unless “We are not barred from doing so. If we receive a court order (under cell order),” Twitter added.