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Why the government ordered Twitter to block The Caravan, Kisan Ekta Morcha

Twitter had briefly blocked several handles in February on the government’s orders, amid the 2020–21 farmer protests.

All accounts/URLs blocked by the government are based on the IT Rules 2009 notified under section 69A of the IT Act, the IT ministry said in the Lok Sabha on December 8. The ministry was responding to a question about the reasons for ordering Twitter to block accounts of The Caravan Magazine and Kisan Ekta Morcha in February this year. Twitter had suspended several accounts on February 1 after receiving a legal notice, but the nature of the notice remained unclear. The IT Ministry's response yesterday shows how the provisions of the IT Act allow the government to suppress press freedom and dissent online. Which accounts were blocked in February? Twitter blocked access to 250 handles, including several prominent accounts. These include: The Caravan Magazine Shashi Shekhar, CEO of Prasar Bharti Kisan Ekta Morcha Tractor2twitr Sanjukta Basu, Political Commentator and…

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