Many Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Kisan Ekta Morcha and the Caravan, are now blocked in India, apparently, after the Indian government sent a legal notice to Twitter. The accounts that have been blocked by Twitter in India include Kisan Ekta Morcha, The Caravan India, Manik Goyal, Tractor2twitr and jatt_junction.
It seems Twitter has received a legal notice to block several Twitter accounts belonging to farmers’ organisations, activists and media groups that were tweeting on farmers protests against the farm bill.
Yesterday Delhi Police filed a FIR against its editors, alleging the spreading of false and misleading information about the death of a protester during the Republic Day tractor rally violence in Delhi.
CPM leader Mohammad Salim’s account, and those that appear to belong to the Kisan Ekta Morcha. the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Ekta Urgahan and AAP MLAs have also been blocked.
The timeline of each blocked account is blanked and “Account withheld” is written across it. Below that it says: “Your account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand”.
According to Twitter, content (and accounts) might be withheld “…if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity”.