Twitter Blocked Nearly One Million Pro Kashmir Tweets Upon The Request of Indian Government
An investigation carried out by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that twitter has blocked million of pro Kashmir tweets upon the request of Indian government.
As per details, the CPJ dig out requests sent by the Indian authorities to Twitter between August 2017 and August 2019 to block tweets related to Kashmir. The investigation revealed that India sent 53 letters to the micro blogging site for the removal of tweets.
The Indian Government had asked to either completely block as many as 400 accounts or some tweets of it. Out of the total accounts reported, 45% had voiced support to Kashmiri people. Moreover, the 53 letters sent from India to twitter included 13 from Indian election commission and 40 from the Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology.
The investigation noticed that following the abrogation of Article 370 in August, India further tightened noose on pro Kashmir accounts. During August, 20 accounts and 24 tweets were asked to be blocked. This also included journalists and bloggers.
Although, the investigation find out 920,000 tweets being taken down but the possibility of the number being much higher than this can not be ruled out. The requests to twitter were made under 69A of India’s Information Technology Act.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) during it’s investigation also reached out to the people affected by Indian government’s continued suppression of their voice. Talking to CPJ, writer Ahmed bin Qasim said that his own people don’t have access to his account.
India had cut down all the source of communication in the valley after the abrogation of Article 370 in August. People were unable to reach out to their families being stuck in the valley. India also made several requests against Pakistani federal minister to the social media giant for their support for Kashmir.