Twitter block to road spikes and a train diversion: bid to deter stir -Karishma Mehrotra and Sukrita Baruah

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published Published on Feb 2, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 3, 2021

-The Indian Express

On Monday, around 100 Twitter accounts and 150 tweets related to the farmers’ protests went off the microblogging platform as the IT Ministry directed Twitter to remove these accounts under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

From a temporary freeze on over 100 Twitter accounts seen as sympathetic to the farm protests to embedding spikes on roads, from diverting a Delhi-bound train to extending the internet ban in seven Haryana districts by another day — a slew of measures came into effect Monday in a bid to deter the protests, even as farmers announced a new nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on February 6.

On Monday, around 100 Twitter accounts and 150 tweets related to the farmers’ protests went off the microblogging platform as the IT Ministry directed Twitter to remove these accounts under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. However, by late evening Monday, after a meeting between officials of the microblogging platform and the Ministry, the accounts were “unwithheld” as Twitter held that the accounts and tweets “constitute free speech and are newsworthy”, Twitter sources told The Indian Express.

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The Indian Express, 2 February, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/twitter-block-to-road-spikes-and-a-train-diversion-bid-to-deter-farmers-protest-7170628/?fbclid=IwAR0Muy67W-vvVMpnAPfIMS-6zfGV_Z74oAJtyNBewUzQ7K1iaE6ud5PSqts


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