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Twitter restores 250 Indian accounts disabled on Monday

Twitter restores 250 Indian accounts disabled on Monday
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2 Feb, 2021

After blocking nearly 250 accounts in India, social media platform Twitter restored access to the suspended accounts late on Monday. According to media reports, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had directed Twitter to take down the accounts on January 30.

According to the reports, the Twitter accounts were using #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide to promote provocative content. The Ministry of Home Affairs instructed MeitY to ban the accounts under Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act.

Among the temporarily suspended Twitter accounts included the magazine, The Caravan, Twitter handle of deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput, as well as the personal Twitter account of Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO of the public broadcaster Prasar Bharti, along with accounts linked to farmers protest including Kisan Ekta Morcha and Tractor2Twitr. 

Detailed email queries sent to Twitter’s India policy team by TechCirlce did not elicit a response till the time of publishing the article. 

Twitter and other social media platforms are defined as internet intermediary under the Information Technology Act and have to abide by the Intermediaries Guidelines introduced by the government of India, including disabling content / information which violates law as well as providing assistance to authorised government agencies.