Mumbai: The government has asked Twitter to remove 1178 Pakistani-Khalistani accounts that are spreading misinformation and inflammatory material around farmers’ protests. News agency ANI reported that the micro-blogging site is not yet following orders completely.
The development comes after the Center asked Twitter to block 250 accounts using provocative hashtags such as “Farmer Massacre” on popular farmer media platforms. These include Kisan Ekta Morcha, BKU Ekta-Urgahan, Tractor2twitr accounts, which have thousands of followers and are actively involved in peasant protests. However, after blocking the accounts for a day, Twitter unblocked them saying that they were not spreading “inflammatory speech”.
Last month, the social media giant suspended more than 300 accounts engaged in spam and platform manipulation after taking out a farmers’ tractor rally in the national capital on January 26.
“Using a combination of technology and human review, Twitter worked at scale and took action on hundreds of Tweets that have been in violation of the Twitter Rules and suspended more than 300 accounts engaged in spam and platform manipulation,” a Twitter spokesperson informed IANS.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is probing the Republic Day violence, wherein it has lodged multiple FIRs and booked, among others, several farmer leaders leading the protests at the national capital’s borders since November-end.