A day after clashes erupted between police officials and the protesting farmer unions, micro-blogging app Twitter has taken strong action against 300 accounts that might have been involved in inciting the Republic Day violence in Delhi.
Twitter also noted that videos of violent clashes, spiraling over the social media platforms, might be used by many for their propaganda. For this, Twitter also prohibited certain hashtags, that it believed would provoke actions and spread violence, from appearing in the trend section.
The firm also pointed out that regardless of any political beliefs and background, action has been taken against suspected accounts for violating Twitter rules. In an statement it said: “We are monitoring the situation closely and remain vigilant, and strongly encourage those on the service to report anything they believe is in violation of the rules”.
The giant social media app has been closely working with the Indian Law Enforcement agencies to ensure to “report content with valid legal process”. The Centre has frequently reached out to Twitter on the grounds that misinformation being spread through fake and “ghost” accounts.
Reports of outlawed groups like Sikh for Justice and its chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannu using social media platforms to promote the ‘khalistani’ propaganda has also emerged.
Earlier, the Delhi police had claimed that about 308 Twitter accounts were generated to create disruptions during the proposed farmers tractor rally on January 26.
The microblogging platform said they were monitoring the situation closely and remain vigilant, “and strongly encourage those on the service to report anything they believe is in violation of the rules.”