Twitter suspends fake accounts upon Indian government's request, a report

After the Indian IT ministry urged Twitter authorities to remove Twitter accounts that were spreading Anti-India fake news regarding farmers' protest, Twitter authorities have finally taken limited action against those fake accounts and removed some of them.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 10, 2021 12:44 IST
Twitter suspends fake accounts upon Indian government's request, a report
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

As per recent reports, On Feb 10th, Twitter has finally taken action against fake accounts upon a request made by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology earlier this week. So far more than 500 accounts have either been removed or restricted in India.

On 10th Feb, Twitter released a statement saying, "We took enforcement actions including permanent suspension in certain cases against more than 500 accounts escalated across all MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India) orders for clear violations of Twitter’s Rules", 

Earlier, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) had directed the micro-blogging site Twitter to block those (around 250 Tweets/Twitter accounts) that were using the #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide hashtag & making fake, intimidatory & provocative Tweets on Jan 30, however, these accounts were later restored by Twitter authorities.

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In response to this, the IT ministry of India had again given a list of 1178 Twitter accounts that were spreading Anti-India propaganda & these accounts were backed by Pakistani-Khalistani outfits. These accounts were deliberately provoking farmers to take violent action against the government and create instability.

Twitter has removed some of the accounts which were being operated by automated bots, in addition to this, some accounts which were spreading fake news regarding farmers' protest have also been removed.

However, there are some accounts that have been restricted in India only as they violate laws of the Indian constitution but they do not violate Twitter community guidelines. According to various defense experts, there is an anti-India campaign that is being funded by Pakistani & Chinese outfits to malign India's image internationally using social media platforms.

This social media narrative battle is one of the key components of the 5th gen 'Hybrid Warfare' in which India seems to lag behind both China & Pakistan.

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