New Delhi: The Twitter account of the Government of Pakistan has been closed in India. It is being told that this is the second such incident in recent months.
Stopped in response to legal demand
This account was also blocked earlier in July but it was reactivated and it was visible. Today, the account displayed a pause message in India again.
“The @Govtof Pakistan account has been blocked in India in response to a legal demand,” the Twitter handle is seen accessing.
Twitter fulfilled such a legal demand
In accordance with Twitter’s guidelines, the microblogging site takes action, such as a court order, in response to a valid legal demand.
Currently, the Pakistan Government Twitter feed “@Govtof Pakistan” is not visible to Indian users.
Earlier, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting blocked 16 YouTube news channels, including six Pakistan-based channels, for spreading propaganda related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order.
twitter said so
Twitter said that if it “receives a valid and reasonable scope request from an authorized entity, it may be necessary from time to time to block access to certain content in a particular country.”
Such a bar will be limited to the specific jurisdiction that has issued a valid legal requisition or where the content is found to be in violation of local law(s),” the social media giant said.
In June, Twitter in India banned official accounts of Pakistan embassies in the United Nations, Turkey, Iran and Egypt.
India previously blocked 8 Youtube channels
Earlier this year, India blocked 8 YouTube-based news channels, including one operated from Pakistan and a Facebook account, for posting “fake, anti-India content” online.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in a statement that the action was taken by invoking emergency powers under the Information Technology Rules, 2021. The orders for the move were on August 16. Blocked Indian YouTube channels were seen using fake and sensational thumbnails, images of news anchors and logos of some TV news channels to mislead viewers into believing that the news was authentic.
The central government has so far blocked more than 100 YouTube channels, 4 Facebook pages, 5 Twitter accounts and 3 Instagram accounts for spreading hate links against India.