The social media platform Twitter has responded to the latest message from the Ministry of Electronics and IT on June 27, an official source reported Monday.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT had set a deadline of July 4, otherwise Twitter could have lost its intermediary status, meaning it is liable for all comments posted on its platform.
“Twitter has complied with the notice,” an official source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
According to another official source, the social media company was asked to take action on some tweets and Twitter accounts, but the microblogging had not previously reported compliance.
Twitter declined to comment on the matter.
The government had asked Twitter in May to crack down on content related to Khalistan and accounts praising terrorists in Kashmir. Later in June, the government asked Twitter to take action against about 60 accounts.
Twitter has taken action on the request and reported compliance, according to sources.
On June 26, the microblogging site submitted a separate list of more than 80 Twitter accounts and tweets it blocked based on a government request in 2021.
The government’s request was to block multiple accounts and some tweets from the international advocacy group Freedom House, journalists, politicians and supporters of the peasant protest.
As previously reported, in 2021 Twitter is said to have been ordered by the Indian government to block 2020 tweets from India’s Freedom House that reported declining internet freedom in the country. The social media company would not have carried out the order until June. It also blocked some tweets and/or handles from several other users allegedly criticizing the Indian government. Several users have shared screenshots of emails they received from the microblogging platform explaining that the content they shared has been blocked in India. In addition, some users’ help accounts have shared screenshots stating that their accounts have been “withheld in India in response to a legal requirement”. However, in some cases, Twitter has not taken action following a takedown request from the Indian government.