In a fresh notice to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Indian government has directed the company to remove over a thousand more accounts for allegedly spreading misinformation and provocative content around farmers’ protests.
In its order, the government has asked Twitter to block 1,178 handles alleging that these are linked to the Khalistani group and those backed by the Pakistan users. The company, however, is yet to completely comply with the directions.
This move comes days after the Union ministry of electronics and information technology had sent a list of 257 Twitter users for allegedly stirring the ongoing farmers’ protest. The micro-blogging giant had then blocked these accounts but, however, restored it few hours later.
Following this, the ministry had then issued a notice, warning the social media platform of penal action over non-compliance of its order to remove accounts and tweets.
An official said, “Many of these accounts were also automated bots that were used for sharing and amplifying misinformation and provocative contents on farmers’ protests.”
The government said the company, as an intermediary under Section 2(1)(w) of the act, is again directed to block the said accounts and hashtags with immediate effect. “It needs to be mentioned that Section 69A(3) provides for specific penal consequences in case of non-compliance of the directions issued under Section 69A of the Act,” the notice read.
The development comes days after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ostensibly endorsed a tweet linked to a post in support of the agitating farmers in the national capital.