Twitter Ordered to Censor Tweets, Handles Critical of Indian Government's Internet Censorship, More: Report

The content, which purportedly show the actions taken by the Indian government in a bad light, has been withheld by Twitter in India.

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Twitter was allegedly ordered by the Indian government in 2021 to block 2020 tweets by Freedom House in India that reported the declining Internet freedom in the country. The social media company is said to have only enforced the order on Sunday.

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It also blocked some tweets and/ or handles of various other users who are said to be critical of the India government. Various users have shared screenshots of emails they received from the microblogging platform explaining that the content they shared has been blocked in India.

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Furthermore, some auxiliary accounts of users have shared screenshots which read that their accounts have been “withheld in India in response to a legal demand.” However, in some cases Twitter has not taken any action after a removal request from the Government of India.

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The development was first reported by Entrackr, and the publication claimed that the content removal requests came in 24 batches but were disclosed (and apparently enforced) by Twitter on Sunday.

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It is to be noted that the content of accounts and handles that are blocked in India are visible in other countries. Gadgets 360 has reviewed the list of tweets that the Indian government ordered Twitter to block, citing Information Technology Act, 2000 as the reason for removal, via the Lumen database - which tracks removal requests for online content.

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Moreover, we reached out to Twitter for a statement on the move, and received this statement, "As explained in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in response to a valid legal demand.

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