Govt asks Twitter to remove 1, 178 accounts backed by Pakistan

Concerned over threat to freedom of speech, says Twitter

The government of India (GOI) has asked Twitter Inc to take down a total of 1, 178 accounts, as they are backed by its arch-rival Pakistan or operated by sympathizers of the Sikh separatist group, according to the sources.

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Many of these Twitter accounts spread misinformation and shared provocative content on farmers’ protests, one of the sources said while declining to be quoted anywhere in the news.

Twitter has so far not taken any action on the orders issued by the government on February 4, 2021, the sources said.

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