Twitter said on Monday that it was seeking talks with the Indian Minister of Technology. A few days before, the country asked the American social media giant to record 1,178 accounts and said it was spreading misinformation about ongoing farmers’ protests.
Two sources in the Ministry of Technology said that New Delhi wrote to Twitter on April 4, asking it to delete these accounts, which they said were run by their main rival, Pakistan, or by sympathizers of Sikh separatists. Added that the company has not yet complied.
A source from the Ministry of Science and Technology of India told Reuters that Indian security agencies said that some accounts were operated abroad and were sharing and amplifying misinformation and provocative content about farmers’ protests, and refused to disclose the name of the order. Because the order is not public.
Twitter did not comment on whether it complied with government orders.
An Indian Twitter spokesperson said: “We will continue to respect the Indian government and have a formal dialogue with the respected minister.” Priority.
Thousands of farmers have set up camps on the outskirts of New Delhi, the capital of India, for several months, demanding that the new agricultural law be revoked. They say this benefits private buyers but harms the interests of growers. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that reforms have brought new opportunities for farmers.
Last week, India sent a notice to Twitter to notify its violations and threatened its executives with imprisonment and fines. Previously, the company had not complied with another government order prohibiting its claims that the Modi government tried to eliminate protests against farmers.
The incident caused criticism from members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, who is in one of Twitter’s largest markets.
On Monday, Twitter said for the first time that it had officially admitted that it had received a notice of violation from the government.
The California-based company said that Twitter promptly reviewed all government reports and took action while ensuring its freedom of speech.
A Twitter spokesperson said: “We firmly believe that open and free information exchange will have a positive impact on the world, and tweets must continue to circulate.”
India’s IT department did not respond to requests for comment outside working hours.
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