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Twitter blocks Kashmir-related tweets and handles in India after govt order

Twitter has censored several Kashmir-related tweets and handles after an order by a Blocking Committee under the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), the Hindustan Times reported. This was first spotted by the blog WithKashmir. Last week, the microblogging site blocked the handles of the Dera Sacha Sauda and its leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Twitter blocked his account following a request from the Haryana Police, a legal request made public by Twitter shows. While the text of the Haryana order hasn't been made public by Twitter, the MeitY order and its accompanying list of handles and tweets are available on Lumen, an international database of copyright-related takedown requests — and more recently, government block orders — that Twitter has partnered with. MeitY ordered the blocks after a meeting of a 'Blocking Committee' early last month. Here's a list of Kashmiri Twitter handles/tweets the govt wants to block under Section 69A, IT ACT 2000. More details soon. h/t @AnujSrivas pic.twitter.com/DrauxC9k7e — Karnika Kohli (@KarnikaKohli) September 5, 2017 What was blocked Among several tweets — many that received little attention — are posts by Kashmiri and Pakistan-based Twitter handles. For instance, one tweet has a photograph depicting a "gathering in the name of Martyrs of Kashmir" in Lahore. Other tweets include mentions of Burhan Wani, a Kashmiri militant who was killed by the Indian army in July last year. These tweets came around the one-year anniversary of Wani's killing. There are handles and tweets that have not been withheld by Twitter, though. Rather,…

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