Govt sends notice to Twitter for restoring accounts backing farmers’ protest

at 7:16 pm

New Delhi (NVI): The Government today sent a notice to micro-blogging site Twitter, for unblocking accounts backing farmers’ protest, asking it why the IT Ministry’s directive to block these accounts was ignored.

The Government has also warned Twitter of consequences “of non-compliance of directions issued under section 69A of the Act”.

On Monday, Twitter had blocked around 100 Twitter accounts and 150 tweets related to the farmers’ protest after the IT Ministry directed the micro-blogging site to remove these accounts under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

However, the accounts were unblocked late Monday night after a meeting with IT Ministry officials.

The social media platform has argued that the content was “free speech” and “newsworthy”. In reply, the 18 page notice by the IT ministry to Twitter stated that the users cannot insult the Prime Minister of the land like this. It said people cannot write that the PM is carrying out a genocide on farmers and get away with it.