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Indian government warns Twitter over non-removal of accounts

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The Indian government has sent a notice to social media platform Twitter warning it of penal action of non-compliance of its order to remove certain accounts and tweets that alleged “farmer genocide” in India, IANS reported.  Also Read – Twitter high-profile Indian accounts withheld case: All queries explained

Twitter has been bombarded with tweets with the hashtag “#ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide, which, as per the government of India, was designed to “inflame passions” and “hatred”.  Also Read – Today’s Tech News: Union Budget 2021, popular Twitter accounts banned, more

The notice that has been issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) says that the entire campaign motivates abuse, inflame and create tension in society on “unsubstantiated” grounds. Also Read – Twitter accounts of Indian actor, journalist and more withheld

The ministry went on to add that incitement to genocide is not freedom of speech but a threat to law and order.

The government also pointed out that Twitter unilaterally unblocked accounts and tweets despite the government order. It said that Twitter is an intermediary and is obliged to follow the instructions of the government and refusal to do so will attract penal action. 

This is a developing story…

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