Twitter Blocks Kashmiri Handles, Tweets

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Srinagar—Micro-blogging website Twitter has blocked a number of accounts and withheld dozens of tweets related to Kashmir.

According to reports, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked Twitter to remove 115 handles and tweets that were found “propagating objectionable content” in a letter dated August 24, 2017.

It was stated in the letter that it was decided in the committee to remove these accounts from the micro blogging site in “the interest of public order as well as for preventing any cognizable offence in Section 69A of the IT Act”. According to this section, the Indian Govt. has the right to block any such content that it deems objectionable to the country’s security, integrity or sovereignty.

The department has prepared a detailed dossier including the pictures of suspects and other details like their social media profiles, phone numbers, and locations, which will be used for further action.

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