The Indian government ordered Twitter to block 1,178 accounts of the supporters twitter accounts who allegedly have ties with Pakistan and Khalistan who spread lies and offensive posts about the protests of farmers, sources said.
On 4 February, the IT Ministry shared a list of Twitter accounts reported by security services as accounts of supporters of Khalistan or sponsored by Pakistan and working from overseas, causing a threat to public order in the midst of ongoing farmers’ turmoil, they said.
Most of these accounts were indeed automated accounts used to spread and promote disinformation and offensive content about the protests of farmers, reports said, stating that Twitter has still not in compliance with the new order.
The government had recently directed Twitter to pull down handles and hashtags that indicated the preparation of a farmer genocide, saying that such disinformation and divisive posts will provoke excitement and affect public order.
Though Twitter is still not fully compliant with the previous order, Sources said, the government released another order asking the social networking site to block accounts supported by supporters of Pakistan and Khalistan.
The dissatisfaction of the IT Ministry is also obvious because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently liked many tweets made in favor of farmers’ protest by foreign-based celebrities.