Patel has been an outspoken critic of the government. We have filed an RTI with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, which has routinely ordered posts to be taken down on social media sites, to find out if the government ordered his account’s restriction.The government has increasingly been using Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 to block access to social media links, restricting access to 7,819 URLs in 2019, over double the links it ordered social media companies to remove in 2017. Social media platforms usually deal with these orders by leaving the posts up (if they are compliant with their community standards) but restricting access to them to Indian users. Twitter’s implementation allows users to see restricted posts and accounts if users simply change their country in the site’s settings.