Twitter suspends 500 accounts in compliance with Centre’s orders

Twitter blocks around 500 accounts

Twitter on Wednesday said that it has suspended over 500 accounts. In an extensive statement “to set the record straight”, the social media giant said, “We took a range of enforcement actions — including permanent suspension in certain cases — against more than 500 accounts escalated across all Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology orders for clear violations of Twitter’s Rules.”

The government had sent two orders–one on January 31 and another on February 4 for blocking 257 and 1178 accounts respectively in the backdrop of farmers’ protests. The orders pointed out that these accounts were trying to trend genocide and many of them were backed by the Pakistan-Khalistani combo that could play mischief amid the protests. Other than suspending accounts, Twitter said that it took “steps to reduce the visibility of the hashtags containing harmful content” and withheld accounts under “country withheld content policy”, which means these accounts will be available outside of India. Twitter had informed the government about its actions on Wednesday itself even as the tiff between the social media giant and Centre has been escalating, with the Centre willing to exercises penal provisions under section 69A of the Indian IT act.