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MEITY issues notice to Twitter after website unblocks accounts: Report

Source: Twitter Blog

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) sent Twitter India a notice for non-compliance with its order earlier this week to block specific tweets and accounts on the micro-blogging site. The notice was issued on Tuesday as the platform reversed the block on accounts that the ministry tagged in a request under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the Indian Express reported. On M0nday, Twitter India blocked specific accounts and tweets belonging to the Caravan Magazine, Kisan Ekta Morcha, @Tractor2twitr, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), actor Sushant Singh.actor Sushant Singh, political commentator and author Sanjukta Basu and activist Hansraj Meena among several others. The tweets were related the farmer's protest that has been going on in the National Capital Region for the last few months. The government claimed that these accounts promoted the use of a specific hashtag, which stated that the Prime Minister was planning a genocide against farmers. Later that evening, Twitter restored the accounts after meeting with MEITY officials, arguing that the tweets were "newsworthy" and constituted "free speech", the report said. Unnamed officials said that while Twitter tried to push back against the order, the government has not budged from its position since the tweets 'insulted' the prime minister and accused him of "carrying out a genocide on farmers," it added. MediaNama has sent queries to the Ministry of Electronics and IT. Officials at the MEITY declined to comment on the developed when MediaNama reached out to them. Twitter declined to comment. What…

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