Twitter accepts Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir accounts suspension issue
From now on, no accounts will be suspended unless the Pakistani government is kept in the loop.
According to a ‘verbal agreement’ between Twitter and the Pakistani government, the microblogging site will no longer be terminating verified accounts of Pakistani users who speak on Kashmir. Since August 5, over 300 twitter accounts have been terminated by Twitter authorities for speaking in favor of Kashmiris and condemning Indian forces’ brutality in the region.
Not only ordinary users, but accounts of journalists were also suspended as well. A number of active accounts further received warnings. Reach of accounts was also affected when they returned back from suspension.
“We lobbied through technology experts in the United States and explained to Twitter that Pakistanis are upset over the suspension of their accounts without any prior intimation or warning and that they shouldn’t do it,” National Information Technology Board CEO Shabahat Ali Shah said, speaking to a local news source.
After 2 months effort, Twitter agrees on a new cadence. They will not suspend govt verified accounts without prior intimation and consultation with PK government.@NationalITBoard @ImranKhanPTI @pid_gov@arslankhalid_m pic.twitter.com/vG9C5sBi7k
— Shabahat Ali Shah (@ShabahatAShah) October 9, 2019
Following an agreement with Pakistani authorities, Twitter now agrees that no account verified by the Pakistani government will now be suspended. ”They do not follow any Pakistani laws and are not bound to comply with any laws or requests by Pakistan,” but they have reached a verbal agreement.
Twitter is not a registered company in Pakistan but is a registered company in India, where it also has its regional headquarters.
“A cadence has been developed such that next time, those accounts which have been verified by Pakistani authorities (and a list of which will be provided by the Government of Pakistan to Twitter), will not be suspended unilaterally,” Shah further added.
Shah told that 200 accounts, which were affiliated with government functionaries, whose details were shared with Twitter authorities have been restored. From now on, no accounts will be suspended unless the Pakistani government is kept in the loop.
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