Farmers' Protest: Government Urges twitter to remove Pakistani-Khalistani accounts spreading misinfo

After it was revealed that ongoing farmers' protest had been hijacked by anti-India Pakistani-Khalistani elements, the Government of India has urged Twitter authorities to remove more than a thousand Twitter accounts that are trying to destabilize farmers' protest by spreading misinformation.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 08, 2021 10:47 IST
Farmers' Protest: Government Urges twitter to remove Pakistani-Khalistani accounts spreading misinfo
MEA Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

According to the sources, it has been revealed that the Government of India has asked Twitter to remove 1178 Pakistani-Khalistani accounts spreading misinformation and provocative content regarding farmers' protests. Twitter, however is yet to comply with Indian request as Twitter authorities will have to filter out fake accounts from real ones before taking any action.

Farmers have been protesting on the outskirts of National Captital against three farm laws for over last 3 months, however, things took a radical turn when  some rogue elements among protestors broke barriers and entered the Red fort complex & hoisted a religious flag on the rampart.

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The Ministry of External Affairs had said in a statement earlier this week that protests by farmers against new farm laws must be seen in the context of India's democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the Government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.

It was suspected that rogue elements had the backing of Pakistani- Khalistani outfits who were provoking the masses through twitter & other social media platforms. Recently, Greta Thunberg, an "environmental activist" also criticized Indian government over mishandling farmers' protest, however, it was later revealed that Greta had no Idea about the farm laws and she had recieved a toolkit from khalistani outfits for spreading misinformation and malign India's image worldwide.

"Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible," said MEA.

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Delhi Police on Friday wrote a letter to Google seeking registration details and activity log of the account through which a "toolkit" related to the farmers' protest was created and uploaded on the social media platform.

Recently , Twitter authorites had actually banned over 250 fake accounts spreading misinformation about farmers' protest, however, the accounts  were restored later causing dissappointment among NDA government officials.  

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